Moving from Mexico to the United States in 1996, Luz finished high school in San Diego before moving to Utah to attend the University of Utah. At the U, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing.
After serving an internship during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Luz began her marketing career at Pioneer Valley Hospital followed by Interpreting Solutions. In 2002, she entered the nonprofit sector working as State Diversity Outreach Director for the Utah Domestic Violence Council. From there, Luz began focusing on policy as the Multicultural Health Policy Analyst for the Disability Law Center.
Luz entered state government as the Director of Policy and Research for the State Office of Ethnic Affairs. In 2005, Luz earned her Master’s in Public Administration and was appointed by republican Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. as the Director of the State Office of Ethnic Affairs.
After this public service role, Luz began her current employment with Zions Bank in 2007 where she has served as Director of Zions Bank’s Business Resource Center, Vice-President - Hispanic/Latino Market Manager, and Vice-President - Community Development Group. For the past 12 years, Luz’s work with Zions Bank has focused on developing small and local businesses that empower underserved communities.
In 2008, Luz was elected to her first of three terms to the Utah State Senate, which represents the westside of Salt Lake City and part of West Valley City. Luz has worked tirelessly to pass meaningful legislation around issues of clean air, healthcare, public education, after school programs, and many other issues that improve the lives of working families and residents of Salt Lake City.
Luz has been an effective Democrat in the GOP-controlled legislature because of her ability to find effective solutions, find common ground, and build bridges among those with different interests. Luz will bring her unique breadth and depth of experience and skills to the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office.