Eric Pinto, MSW
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Zuni, Buder Center Community Projects Coordinator
Eric Pinto (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Zuni), MSW, earned his BS in Health Management from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010 and is a 2020 Buder Scholar alumnus from the Brown School with a concentration in American Indian/Alaskan Native. Prior to receiving his MSW, Eric was a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for nine years at two Gold’s Gym locations in the St. Louis area. During his time at the Brown School, he gained experience in program development, assessment, and supporting the St. Louis Zoo in developing and sustaining long-term relationships with tribal communities. After graduating in the summer of 2020, Eric began working for the Buder Center as Project Coordinator where he oversaw development and production of the Digital Indigenous Storytelling Project. Currently, Eric is the Coordinator of Community Projects where he provides knowledge, opportunities, connection and support to the local Indigenous community, the larger St. Louis community, and the Buder Scholars.