COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS—The Texas A&M Foundation has announced that Gina Luna, founder and CEO of Luna Strategies, joined its Board of Trustees, effective Jan. 1, 2020.
Luna, who resides in Houston, earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Texas A&M University in 1995.
“It is an enormous privilege to be part of such an impressive and impactful organization,” Luna said. “Serving on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees presents a unique opportunity to give back to the university that has been an important factor in my life. I have been the beneficiary of a great education, a positive college experience and the extended Aggie family. As a trustee, I hope to leverage my education, experience, energy and passion to support Texas A&M.”
After graduating summa cum laude with her undergraduate degree, Luna embarked on a successful career with JPMorgan Chase. During her 22 years with the company, she was progressively promoted from management and business development roles to chief operating officer for the regional commercial and investment banking business, and to chief marketing officer of the national commercial banking business. Luna later assumed the role of chairman of the Houston market and managing director of Chase Commercial Banking.
In November 2016, Luna founded Luna Strategies, an advisory firm that counsels companies and their leaders on complex strategic issues and growth initiatives. She has established a reputation of partnering with owners, boards and management from a broad spectrum of industries to deliver solutions and drive results. In addition to Luna’s current role as CEO of Luna Strategies, she also serves on several private and public company boards, including Tetra Technologies Inc. (NYSE: TTI).
“The perspective Mrs. Luna brings from her expansive finance career will enable even greater success for our foundation and our role in building a brighter future for Texas A&M University, one relationship at a time,” said Tyson Voelkel, president of the Texas A&M Foundation. “Her successful track record as a strategic advisor also adds another element that we are excited about. We look forward to seeing how she will implement her knowledge and talents in serving Texas A&M on our Board of Trustees.”
An active member of her community, Luna is the founding chairman for Houston Exponential, an organization focused on building the innovation ecosystem in Houston. She holds positions on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Houston Branch, CHI St. Luke’s Health System, The Welch Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine and the Greater Houston Partnership. Luna is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors and the International Women’s Forum.
Luna’s reputation as a keen business leader speaks for itself through the numerous awards and honors in which she has been a recipient. She has received The Bob Onstead Leadership Award, is a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame inductee and was named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women in 2018.
Her husband, Carl, also earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M in 1991 followed by his MBA from Rice University in 2004. After a successful career as an investment banker and CFO, he is now a partner in a private equity firm. The couple has two teenage sons: Tyson and Carson.
Luna and her husband have been consistently active in the Texas A&M community. They are members of the A&M Legacy Society and are benefactors to Texas A&M, supporting The Association of Former Students, the 12th Man Foundation and the Mays Business School. Luna is also a current member of the Mays Business School Dean’s Advisory Board.
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