Fred Pinguel, Executive Director (pronouns He/Him)
Fred Pinguel is the Philadelphia Student Union’s Executive Director. Fred’s organizing began in high-school as a youth member of Asian Americans United, fighting gentrification in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. He then became a member of the Philadelphia Student Union, joining other youth across Philadelphia to support public education reform. After college, he became a staff member of the Student Union, leading several chapters and focusing on leadership development and popular education.
He transitioned to CeaseFirePA, a statewide gun violence prevention organization, to help community members advocate for common-sense gun policies in PA. He then moved to the Bay Area to join Filipino Advocates for Justice as the Lead Organizer, where he coordinated organizing campaigns and led the organization’s civic engagement programming.
Fred is a proud Filipino and Philadelphian. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and brother and grew up in the City of Brotherly Love. Fred brings his background as a working-class immigrant, youth organizer and bi-coastal professional to his new role as Student Union’s Executive Director.