As a Deputy County Executive, Dr. Luna will focus on three major areas. She will expand the County’s race and equity efforts by coordinating efforts across departments and with external partners linked to the entire County organization. She will create and launch the Office of Family’s and Children’s Policy to develop, implement, and oversee programs that improve the quality of life for mothers, families, and children throughout Santa Clara County. And Dr. Luna will also lead at the helm of the County Executive’s Division of Equity and Social Justice.
Dr. Luna started her career as a Health Program Specialist evaluating public health initiatives in the County of Santa Clara. In 2005, she was named Director of the Public Health Department’s Research, Planning and Preparedness Division, where she was tasked with developing the framework and policies related to health assessment, epidemiology, and public health disaster planning and response programs. In 2010, she was promoted to Division Director for Assessment, Planning and Health Policy, a position she held until she was named Director of the Healthy Communities Branch in 2015. In this role, Dr. Luna was responsible for the development and implementation of myriad public health initiatives and campaigns aimed at improving the health and quality of life of the 1.9 million people who live in Santa Clara County. She became Deputy Director of the Public Health Department in 2018.
Dr. Luna was born in Mexico and was brought to the U.S. when she was a baby. She is fully bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural. She holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master’s degree in Public Health and Community Health Science from San José State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Physiological Sciences from UCLA.