Sandra Luna
  • Sandra Luna

    Educator, Occidental College
  • CEE-Change Fellow
  • 2021
United States

Sandra (she/her) surrounds herself with plants. Not only is she an avid gardener, but she enjoys guiding others in the process of starting their own home gardens. Sandra Luna is an educator, photographer, social entrepreneur, world traveler, gardener, school garden advocate, food justice advocate, and environmentalist living in Los Angeles. She is an immigrant from Guatemala and she grew up in Pico Union/Mid City. 

She has taught and managed various horticulture programs at various inner city high schools in Los Angeles for the last 15 years. She is currently the garden educator at two elementary schools in North East LA through a partnership with Occidental College and Sprouts.  

The plant love continues through her passions of hiking in national and local parks, and taking photographs of nature. 

Sandra’s community action project will be part of an effort in Northeast LA to green this community and campus by helping build a meditation garden at Latona Elementary School where she’s currently the garden educator. She has traveled around the world and has volunteered at different organic farms: Caoba Farm, Navdanya, and Eco Farm. She learned permaculture at IMAP /Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute in Guatemala. 

She is a certified Master Gardener through the University of California Cooperative Extension. She is a graduate from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Sandra hopes to one day visit Iceland to see the Northern Lights.