Lead, Serve, Inspire: Meet Our Newest SACNAS Leaders

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016








SACNAS has elected three new members to join the national Board of Directors and continue its work in achieving true diversity in STEM. These new members will work on behalf of the community to lead, serve and inspire the next generation.

The following new members will join the SACNAS Board in 2017:

General Board Members:






Learn more about Dr. David Burgess






Learn more about Dr. Healani K. Chang

Student Board Member:






Learn more about Daniel Albino Lujan

Both Dr. Chang and Dr. Burgess have worked and served prior terms on the board with incoming SACNAS president Dr. Lino Gonzalez. “They bring great insight and knowledge in STEM diversity that will help strengthen the capacity of the Board to steward SACNAS towards new and expanded opportunities.”

Dr. Gonzalez adds that Mr. Lujan will also be a wonderful asset, bringing additional perspectives and ideas to the table. “I look forward to working with this outstanding group of incoming Board members, along with the rest of the Board, to advance the SACNAS mission.”

SACNAS Executive Director Dr. Antonia O. Franco adds, "Our Board of Directors represents the diversity and transformation that is part of SACNAS itself. From industry to academia, government to program development, and from the East Coast to Hawaii, they bring a broad range of expertise to the table.”



SACNAS is an inclusive organization with an over 40 year history of fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic & Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science.

The largest multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity organization in the country, SACNAS serves a larger community of 20,000 with 115 SACNAS student and professional chapters throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.