On the Record with Doral Vice Mayor, Rafael Pineyro


As a teenager, finding out what to do in life can be a challenge. Fortunately, the newly elected Vice Mayor of Doral, Rafael Pineyro, never questioned his life’s calling: public service.

After studying at Miami Dade College College, Pineyro became involved with the parks department. “I thought, if I really like working with the community and for the community, let me just get into the public administration side,” said Pineyro, who originally thought of getting his degree in Criminal Justice, before getting a Bachelor’s in Public Administration at FIU. Later on, Pineyro lived in Tennessee, where he studied for his degree in Psychology at Lipscomb University and worked for an elected official judge. 

In 2014, interested by local politics, Pineyro continued to level up his career and became Chief of Staff in the City of Doral. He worked alongside both Mayor Boria and Mayor Bermudez and also grew closer to the residents of Doral. “That has been something that made me have the decision to run for office as well.” Before running in the 2022 elections, Pineyro spent time with the community through non-profit organizations, the Doral parks, and his own company. 

In retrospect, Vice Mayor Pineyro admits he has had a mix of consistency and change in his life. ”When you run for office, you have a commitment to the residents. Regardless of what you do on the side, you have to dedicate time to the city.” While he still works in his company, being a councilman is a part-time job. “Before I was just part of the staff, now as an elected official, I am on the other side. You have a say in the decisions of what goes on in the city. I try to bring all that experience to the table because there are certain things we can do better.”

In his free time, Pineyro tries his best to spend family time with his wife and son at the many attractions in Doral, binge-watch Designated Survivor on Netflix, and jam out to Latin artist Shakira.