Enrique Piñeiro

Degree: Master of Science in International Real Estate

College/School: College of Business

When his mother-in-law developed Alzheimer’s disease, Enrique Piñeiro and his wife Alma became her caregivers. It was the start of Enrique’s connection with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Southeast Florida chapter, where he eventually became board chair. The organization had been invaluable to his family, and he wanted to give back.

That typifies Enrique’s commitment to family, profession, community and FIU. Aside from being on the Alzheimer’s board, he serves on the Miami Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee, the Miami-Dade County Affordable Housing Advisory Board and the Miami-Dade County Municipal Advisory Committee, District 11. He became active in the affordable housing issue when he saw how many people who lost homes during the Great Recession could find nowhere to go.

Wanting to impact the lives of those with whom he shares a cultural heritage, Enrique in the 1990s flew several missions with Brothers to the Rescue, volunteers who helped secure the safety of Cuban rafters who braved the seas in a quest for freedom.

And at FIU, from which he earned his undergraduate business degree in 2003, Enrique serves on the board of the Alumni Association as he believes that supporting a strong public university will further promote a strong South Florida.

A recipient of the prestigious FIU Malcolm Butters Scholarship Award, Enrique is the director of property management and leasing at for a real estate company and says his wife of 29 years is his greatest source of inspiration.