Leadership & Guidance

Sonia J. Luna

Executive Director, CNSI

With 20 years of experience on the UCLA campus, Sonia Luna serves as Executive Director of the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute. She oversees the administrative and financial staff at the Institute and works closely with Director Jeff F. Miller in formulating the strategy and direction of the CNSI.

Prior to her current role with the CNSI, her other positions at UCLA have included service as the Director of Planning and Program Analysis in the Office of Academic Planning and Budget, the Assistant Dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture, and the business services manager of the multi-location University Library. Prior to coming to UCLA Ms. Luna had thirteen years of corporate experience in various financial and strategic planning positions including oversight of the production budget for NBC in Burbank and as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Pinkerton Security.

Sonia is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied mathematics and a minor in violin performance. She holds an MBA from the University of Southern California with a dual concentration in corporate finance and strategic management. She completed the Executive Leadership Program at The Wharton School in October, 2014.