Meet Maria Pineros of Joint Development Collective

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Last but not least, here's Part Three of our Q&A series with Maria Pineros, Creative Partner at JDC!

In your words, what is your primary role at JDC?

Maria: I am the Creative Partner and Design Lead at JDC. 

How did you and your co-founders start your business? What did you hope to achieve?

Maria: I always wanted to create a positive impact with the work I did. I was lucky enough to meet with Silvia and Marisol, who had the same vision and goals as I did. We realized that the market was changing and new demands were rising so creating a holistic approach to fundraising was necessary for us, we needed to bring something new to the table. Integrating design, marketing communications and fundraising to the work that we do has allowed us to create a more impactful approach to help socially-driven projects succeed.

Tell us about an interesting or funny experience you had during your first year of operations. 

Maria: Our first year feels like such a long time ago! I think we were just trying to figure out who we were as a company and what we wanted to offer. It wasn't easy! It's tough being an entrepreneur, you need to have a lot of patience. We had our ups and downs, but I was lucky to have two wonderful friends and partners to go along the ride. I think the best memory I had was our first Christmas party, it was the three of us together and although it seemed like a small team, it felt like a huge step for us!

What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?

Maria: I think the biggest lesson that I've learned through the past 3 years is that as an entrepreneur, you really need to take time to take care of yourself - both your body and mind. Entrepreneurship can be scary and intimidating: you spend all your time and energy into building this dream that you have, so you tend to forget about yourself. As entrepreneurs, we need to be more compassionate with ourselves while also taking care of our mental health.

What is a day in the life of Maria like?

Maria: First thing I do is have breakfast and take 30 minutes to read a book or just relax! I know this sounds obvious, but there was a time where I would just sit in front of the computer and start working. So, this is a big step for me. I need to make sure that my mind is clear and that I am ready to take on the day.

Once I am done, I pour a cup of tea for myself (mint tea, to be exact) and I put on my favourite radio station, which is a Colombian radio station and the only thing I can listen to while at work!

Once I sit down at the computer, I check my email and Google calendar so that I can make a list of what I need to do for the day, such as connecting with a client, sending over a proposal, reviewing any project feedback, etc. 

I break down my day into sections and give myself mini-deadlines through the day. I usually have to work on projects that can take a little bit more time so structuring my schedule makes it easy for me to have everything done. 

I take my lunch break at around 2 pm to 3 pm. And then continue working until 7 pm or 8 pm. 

What is your favourite app du jour?

Maria: Oh! I have to say Adobe Draw or Adobe Sketch...I can't live without them!

What is the best advice you ever received?

Maria: If you don't find an opportunity, create your own. 

What is your favourite coffee shop in Toronto?

Maria: I am not much of a coffee drinker, but I actually love Aroma!

What's next for JDC?

Maria: Expanding and growing the team!

What's next for you?

Maria: I want to illustrate more!! I haven't had the chance to draw as much as I hoped, and I really miss it. Travelling for sure is on my bucket list. There are a lot of places that I haven't seen yet. I would love to keep expanding my skills and maybe do a part-time postgrad in the future. 

The future is looking bright for the co-founders at JDC as they continue to support fundraisers and social enterprises! If you would like to get in touch with the team directly, please contact us here. For more information on what we do, read more here

Shirley Lui