Helios President and CEO Elected to Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors

Posted on: January 29, 2010

Paul J. Luna, president and chief executive officer of Helios Education Foundation, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Arizona Community Foundation.

A native Arizonan, Luna is a well-respected community leader with more than 22 years of experience in business and philanthropy. As President & CEO of Helios Education Foundation, he is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the growing organization, cultivating strong community relationships and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida on behalf of the Foundation.

Created in 2004, Helios is now the largest philanthropic organization focused solely on education in both states, having invested over $76 million since inception. The Foundation's investments are focused across early childhood education, transition years and postsecondary scholarship programs.

Prior to his role at Helios, Luna served as president of Valley of the Sun United Way, where he led a community-wide fundraising effort approaching $50 million. Under his presidency, Valley of the Sun United Way was consistently recognized for its model early childhood education, youth workforce development and domestic violence intervention community initiatives.

Luna has nearly 10 years of corporate experience in sales and marketing with Pepsi Cola and IBM. He currently serves as a member of the STEMAz Advisory Council, Arizona Governor's P20 Council, Center for the Future of Arizona Board, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and is the Chair of the Oversight Board for Expect More Arizona.

A graduate of Stanford University, Luna holds a degree in Civil Engineering.

Category: Foundation Feature

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