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. His term on the Mesa City Council runs until January of 2019.
Vice Mayor 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 was named chair of the Information Technology and Communication Committee for 2017 after serving as Vice Chair of the committee in 2016. He serves with Councilmember Chris Glover on the NLC Board of Directors and is also a member of the NLC Hispanic Elected Local Officials Board of Directors. 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 works as a Community Outreach Specialist for Mesa Public Schools. Luna spent 27 years as the Director of Education Television for Mesa Public Schools, directing and managing channel 99 and edtv99.org. 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.
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