Recognized business leader to deliver commencement address
11.16.2016 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas – Mrs. Gina Luna, former Chairman of JPMorgan Chase in the Houston Region and founder and CEO of Luna Strategies, will speak to December graduates at the San Jacinto College commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 at 2 p.m.
The December commencement ceremony will bring together San Jacinto College graduates from each of the four campuses for one combined ceremony. It will take place at Minute Maid Park.
“Gina Luna is one of the most respected and accomplished business leaders in Houston,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “She understands what it takes to be successful in business and in life, and is highly engaged in supporting the Houston community. She is a champion for education, and has eagerly supported our efforts here at San Jacinto College to help more students graduate and transfer on to continue their education or enter the workforce with the skills needed to begin a successful career.”
As CEO of Luna Strategies, Luna counsels companies and their leaders on complex strategic issues and growth initiatives. She has established a reputation of collaborating with management teams from a broad spectrum of industries to develop creative solutions and drive results. Prior to founding Luna Strategies she held the prestigious role as Chairman of JPMorgan Chase in the Houston Region and was head of the Middle Market Banking business. During her 22-year career with JPMorgan Chase she served in a number of high profile leadership positions, including marketing and communications, talent development, risk management and strategic planning.
Luna is deeply engaged in supporting the Houston community. She was elected Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership in 2015, and currently serves as Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership Nominating Committee. She also serves as Chair of the nationally acclaimed workforce initiative, Upskill Houston, of which San Jacinto College is actively engaged in to help fill the pipeline of workers needed in the industries that support the Houston economy. Luna is on the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Houston and the 2017 Super Bowl Host Committee. She is active in the Young Presidents’ Organization, serving in a number of leadership positions, while also working with numerous community organizations and youth programs as well as her children’s schools.
Her efforts and accomplishments have earned her numerous accolades, such as the Bob Onstead Leadership Award, Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame inductee and Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women. Luna is a summa cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and management. She is married to Carl Luna, and together they have two sons.
San Jacinto College remains focused on helping students complete what they start. Since 2007, the College has increased the number of certificates and degrees awarded by 140 percent, and is ranked 15th in the nation by “Community College Week” for awarding associate degrees.
More information about the San Jacinto College commencement ceremony can be found at sanjac.edu/commencement-ceremony.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.