Paul Luna, President and CEO
Mr. Luna is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the Foundation, advancing the organization’s education reform priorities, cultivating strong community relationships and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida with a focus on preparing students to succeed in postsecondary education. He brings more than 25 years of public and private professional experience to his leadership role with the Foundation. Prior to his role at Helios, Paul served as President of Valley of the Sun United Way, where he led a community-wide fundraising effort approaching $50 million.
A native of Miami, Arizona, Paul graduated from Miami High School and as a first-generation college student, he attended Stanford University, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. He currently serves as a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the National College Access Network Board of Directors, the America's Promise Alliance Board of Directors, the Florida College Access Network Steering Committee, the Center for the Future of Arizona Board of Directors and the Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors. He is also the Founding Chairman of the Expect More Arizona Board of Directors.
In his reflection on the 2013 fiscal year, Paul highlights the successful outcomes and lessons learned from key partnerships, and shares new details about the Foundation’s move to a measurable education reform agenda focused on advancing academic rigor, creating college-going and completing cultures and getting more students prepared for the 21st-Century global economy.