Councilmember David Luna - District 5

Appointed to fill the vacant District 5 seat in September of 2013, David Luna became the first Hispanic elected to the Mesa City Council when voters elected him in August of 2014. His term on the Mesa City Council runs until January of 2019.

Luna has worked as the Director of Education Television for Mesa Public Schools since 1988, directing and managing channel 99 and He is also an adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College, teaching communications.

Luna represents Mesa nationally as a member of the National League of Cities' (NLC) Information Technology and Steering Committee, sits on the Board of Directors for the NLC Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency and the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials.

Luna has served on numerous school and community non-profit boards, including the Mesa Association of School Administrators, Mesa Senior Services, Mesa United Way, A New Leaf, United Food Bank, Mesa Community Action Network, Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens, Mesa Community College Commission on Excellence, Mesa Counts on College and Mesa Rotary International. He also served as the co-chair of the Latino Town Hall, was on the City's Day Labor Task Force and was a charter member of the City of Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board, spending three of his eight years as the chair.

Luna has also been recognized for his community involvement with numerous awards, including the Mesa United Way Volunteer of the Year Award in 2006, the City of Mesa National Emergency Preparedness Recognition in 2007, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Society, the NAACP East Valley Chapter Humanitarian Award in 2008, Arizona Hispanic School Administration's Outstanding Administrator Award in 2008, the Valle del Sol Hall of Fame Award in 2011 and the Mesa United Way Spirit of Mesa Award in 2012. He was also named the City of Mesa's Citizen of the Year in 2012.

Luna began his career in broadcasting in Tucson, working as a camera operator and floor director for KVOA Channel 4 and with the Tucson Unified School District as a video/media specialist before joining Mesa Public Schools. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television from the University of Arizona in 1979, a Master of Mass Communication from Arizona State University in 1999 and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2012. He is also a 2002 graduate of the Mesa Leadership Training and Development program.

David is married to Hilda Luna, Radiation-Oncology Director at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert. They have two adult daughters, Melina Smith and Marissa Luna, and two grandchildren, Sophia and Henry Smith.


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Fax: 480-644-2175
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211-1466

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