The first Hispanic to serve on the Mesa City Council, David Luna was appointed to fill the vacant District 5 seat in September of 2013 before winning election for a full term in August of 2014. He was named the Vice Mayor on January 23, 2017 and served in that role until January 28, 2019. Luna was re-elected to a second term representing District 5 in August of 2018. His second term on the Mesa City Council runs until January of 2023.
Councilmember Luna is an active member of numerous boards and committees not only locally, but nationwide. He has been an active member of the National League of Cities since taking office. He currently serves on the NLC Board of Directors and is also the President of the NLC Hispanic Elected Local Officials Board of Directors. He spent four terms on the NLC Information Technology and Communication Committee, including chairing the committee in 2017 after serving as Vice Chair in 2016. Locally, Luna is the chair of the Mesa Community College at Red Mountain Community Advisory Committee and was the past chair of the City of Mesa Human Relation Advisory Board.
Luna spent more than 30 years working for Mesa Public Schools, including 27 years as the Director of Education Television for Mesa Public Schools, directing and managing channel 99 and edtv99.org. He retired from MPS in 2017. He also spent time as an adjunct professor for both Arizona State University and Mesa Community College.
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, Director of Nursing Services at University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health. They have two adult daughters, Melina Smith and Marissa Luna, and two grandchildren, Sophia and Henry Smith.
Public Safety - Chair
Audit, Finance & Enterprise
Community and Cultural Development
National Boards or Committees
National League of Cities Board of Directors (2nd Term)
National League of Cities Executive Committee
National League of Cities Board of Directors Board Membership Committee
National League of Cities Hispanic Elected Local Officials Board of Directors - President
National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials- Ex-Oficio
Past National Boards or Committees
National League of Cities Information Technology and Communications Committee - Four terms
National League of Cities Board of Directors Legislative Action Committee
Arizona Boards and Committees
Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee-
i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors - Council Representative
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
Mesa Rotary International
Latino Town Hall (Past Co-Chair)
City of Mesa Day Labor Task Force
City of Mesa Human Relation Advisory Board (Charter Member and Past Chair)
Mesa Community College at Red Mountain Community Advisory Committee (Chair)