The local Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is honoring Paul Luna, president and CEO of the Helios Education Foundation, with its 2017 Torch of Liberty Award.
The Helios Education Foundation is a philanthropic organization that works to create opportunities for people in Arizona and Florida to access a post-secondary education.
According to a press release, Luna leads the strategic direction of the organization and focuses on building strong relationships and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida in order to prepare more students for success in college and their careers.
A native of Miami, Arizona, Luna graduated from Miami High School. A first-generation college student, he attended Stanford University, where he earned a degree in civil engineering.
Luna also serves as a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, The Aspen Institute’s Youth and Engagement Advisory Circle and the board of directors for the National College Access Network, America’s Promise Alliance, the Center for the Future of Arizona and the Arizona Community Foundation. Luna was the founding chair of the Expect More Arizona board of directors.
“Paul Luna’s advocacy and passion for student success, even in the most challenging circumstances, embodies ADL’s work in education and helps to create a more inclusive environment for students,” said Greg Rosenthal, chair of the Arizona Regional ADL board, in a press release.
Also being honored at this year’s Torch of Liberty Dinner are attorney Steven Berger with the Al Brooks Community Leadership Award, FBI Special Agent Daniel Johnson with the George Weisz ADL Law Enforcement Award and Lawrence Robinson with the Herman Lewkowitz ADL Rising Leader Award.
The dinner will take place Thursday, Nov. 9, at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. JN