As the son of a housekeeper, Dr. Luff grew up in an impoverished environment. At an early age he was thrown into the role of father figure to his three younger siblings while lacking a strong male role model for himself. Dr. Luff’s greatest ambition was to become the first member in his family to attend college – a dream challenged when his family became homeless during his senior year in high school. Despite homelessness and discouragement from guidance counselors to attend college, Dr. Luff aggressively pursued his dream and was accepted into Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts to pursue a Business and Human Resources Management degree. Five years later he was chosen as the Student Commencement Speaker for his class and preceded then President of the United States, Bill Clinton. President Clinton was so impressed with Dr. Luff’s leadership, tenacity, and grit for success that he invited him and his mother to the White House.


After directing a national community service organization, Dr. Luff went back to school to receive his master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. He was also chosen to receive a Fellowship degree from the Center for Social Innovations at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. In 2017, Dr. Luff received his Ph.D. from the University of San Diego School Of Leadership Studies with a concentration in Leadership and Consulting. He has spent over 25 years working with organizations as a heart inspired motivational speaker, leadership consultant, and life coach.

Extremely devoted to youth development and family empowerment, he has created and directed social service programs throughout the United States and Asia. Dr. Luff was even recognized as a recipient of the esteemed San Diego Channel 10 Leadership Award as a caring resident “who goes above and beyond to make San Diego a better place to live by improving the quality of life for those who need it most.” His core values and belief in faith, discipline, action, and hard work led to special appearances at the Fleet Center (formerly the Boston Garden), the White House, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, and the Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” television broadcast, to mention a few. Dr. Luff’s life is a tale of inspiration and hope for the American dream that has impacted hundreds of institutions and thousands of people around the world.

Doug Luffborough travels from California