NCAN Elects Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, as New Director

Posted on: October 16, 2013

Members of the National College Access Network (NCAN) unanimously elected Mr. Paul J. Luna to its national board of directors for a three-year term. Mr. Luna is President and Chief Executive Officer of Helios Education Foundation, an NCAN member based in Phoenix, AZ.

"I am truly humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of the National College Access Network (NCAN)," said Mr. Luna. "I believe that the synergies that exist between NCAN and Helios will aid the broader effort to widen pathways to postsecondary education success for all students, especially for first-generation students and those from other underrepresented populations."

Helios is the largest nonprofit organization serving Arizona and Florida focused solely on education and it is committed to creating a high-expectations, college-going culture in both states by investing in initiatives that prepare students for college and career success.

Created in 2004 through the sale and conversion of Southwest Student Services Corporation and with an initial endowment of $525 million, Helios made its first investments in education in 2006. Since that time, the Foundation has invested over $133 million in programs and initiatives across its impact areas of Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years and Postsecondary Success that are changing lives through education.

Mr. Luna is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the Foundation, cultivating strong community relationships, and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida. Prior to his role at the Foundation, Mr. Luna served as President of Valley of the Sun United Way where he led a community-wide fundraising effort approaching $50 million.

A graduate of Stanford University, Paul holds a degree in Civil Engineering. He serves as a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Center for the Future of Arizona Board of Directors, Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and is the Founding Chair of the Expect More Arizona Board of Directors.

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