Luz has spent her career building institutions and designing grantmaking strategies that support communities who have experienced chronic disinvestment. As the founding president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, she built a team centered on amplifying the voices of and mobilizing low-income communities for social change. Luz previously served as the executive director of the Community Technology Foundation of California, vice president and chief operating officer at the National Economic Development and Law Center, and director of grants programs and senior program officer at The James Irvine Foundation.
Luz is the founder of Hispanics in Philanthropy and currently serves on the boards of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Philanthropy Northwest, Putting Families First, and The Workers Lab. Past board service includes The California Wellness Foundation, Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Katalysis Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, and the Women’s Foundation of California. She received a BA in modern languages from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Latin American studies from Stanford University.