Tom Luna

Tom Luna

Senior Vice President and Chief Governmental Relations Officer

Hometown

Nampa, ID

Education

  • Thomas Edison State College (BA) 
  • Brigham Young University Idaho 
  • Boise State University

Path to PLTW

State Superintendent of Public Instruction (Idaho), president of the Council of Chief State School Officers, senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, school board member

Tom Luna is a passionate education leader who served two terms as the state superintendent of public instruction in Idaho. He championed several STEM initiatives, including policies that allowed students to apply STEM courses like engineering and computer science to their core graduation requirements, and provided funding to local districts to attract and retain more hard-to-fill STEM positions.  

Prior to serving as state superintendent, Tom served on the local Nampa, Idaho, school board for seven years and led the Idaho Achievement Standards Commission and Idaho Assessment and Accountability Commission. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Education from 2003-05 as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. Tom is former member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which manages the Nation’s Report Card.  

At PLTW, Tom oversees the Government Relations Team, which focuses on advancing federal, state, and local policies that expand high-quality educational opportunities for our country’s students.