Luanne Zurlo | Founder and President
Luanne founded Worldfund after a nine-year career as a securities analyst on Wall Street (Smith Barney, CSFB and Goldman Sachs). During this time, she was ranked by Institutional Investor as one of the top Latin American telecommunications analysts. Luanne has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School, an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University SAIS and a BA in History from Dartmouth College.
Mary Bourque | Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Mary Bourque joined Worldfund in 2009. She is a retired Managing Director from JPMorgan Chase, where she most recently held the positions of Co-Head of the Americas Equity Research Department and Head of the Latin America/Emerging Europe Equity Research effort. She joined JPMorgan in 1990, and spent several years working in Latin America mergers & acquisitions, and then as an equity analyst covering the Latin conglomerates and oil & gas sectors. She was Institutional Investor’s #1-ranked conglomerates analyst for five consecutive years. Ms. Bourque holds a BA in Chemistry from Dartmouth College and an MA in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Louisa Benton | Director of Development and Communications
Louisa Benton has over 12 years of non-profit leadership experience. Prior to Worldfund she led the development efforts of several major cultural non-profits, including American Ballet Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience, and the American Associates for the Royal Academy of Arts. As a journalist, she has written for the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Times, and the New York Times, and traveled extensively in Mexico, Venezuela, and Spain. Louisa received her BS in History and Science cum laude from Harvard College and her MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, where she was a Mortimer Zuckerman fellow.
Jim Citron | Director, Inter-American Partnership for Education
Jim, who joined Worldfund in 2007, has worked for over twenty years in language and intercultural education. Dividing his time between Mexico and Hanover, NH where he is an Intercultural Education Specialist at Dartmouth College and a Master Teacher and Teacher Trainer for Dartmouth's Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures, Jim has taught Spanish and Intercultural Communication at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels and has served in a variety of leadership capacities in international educational exchange in the United States and Mexico. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Dartmouth College.
Julieta Sánchez | Program Assistant, Inter-American Partnership for Education
Julieta joined Worldfund in 2012. She was born in Mexico City and has worked for nearly twenty years in education and intercultural exchange in Mexico and the United States and in the tourism industry in Mexico. She holds English as a Second Language certificates from Bentley College and an ESL Teachers’ Certificate from the Grupo Educativo Anglo Americano in Mexico City.
Elena Espinosa de los Reyes Wingate| Director of Worldfund Mexico
After 21 years working within Bancomext for the Mexican Government promoting trade and foreign investment, Elena joined Worldfund as Director for Mexico in 2007. She received her undergraduate degree in economics at ITAM (Mexico City) followed by her Masters, also in economics, at the University of Kent, UK. At Colegio de Mexico she researched immigration, minimum wage, and income distribution issues. Other research at Banco de Mexico involved commercial policy. Elena has taught mathematics, statistics and economic development at the UNAM and Anáhuac Universities. At Bancomext, Elena was Trade Commissioner in Atlanta, GA and London, UK. She has been the Bancomext Director for both Asia and North America. While in London she was Mexico's representative and alternate member of the board at the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development). In 1995 Elena won the International Woman of The Year Award in Atlanta, Ga.
Kelly Maurice | Director of Worldfund Brasil
Kelly Maurice joined Worldfund in 2010, following a 25-year career in international banking. She brings to Worldfund her extensive experience in Wealth Management with BankBoston, JPMorgan and Royal Bank of Canada, where she focused on Brazil and Latin America while heading Corporate and Institutional business development. Kelly has lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she is active in international and local community activities, since 1991. Kelly is a board member and serves in leadership roles for a variety of social organizations. She has a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Michigan.
Marcos Paim | Director, STEM Brasil
Prior to joining Worldfund in 2009, Marcos worked at the Cognitive Studies Laboratory of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul State (LEC/UFRGS), where he trained teachers and managed educational projects for the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC). He has also managed educational projects for Grupo Positivo, the Technology Institute of Paraná (TECPAR), and the Prefeitura de Curitiba. Marcos graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul with a major in Physics.
Ivonne Sevilla | pPProgram Assistant, LISTO
Ivonne joined Worldfund in 2011 after ten years of working with a non profit organization as Director of personal development. She has a BA in education and human development as well as experience organizing conferences, training seminars, and other events.
Mayra Toledo | Project Coordinator, LISTO
For the last 12 years, Mayra has been working with principals of public schools in Mexico. She’s served as facilitator to groups of principals and teachers and planned and evaluated courses with the support of private associations like Ford (Comite Cívico de Ford) and with SEP, Secretaría de Educación Publica (Mexican Secretary) Mayra has experience in teaching kindergarten through university level in human development, leadership, learning and e-learning studies. She’s worked as a counselor for teen students and provided therapy to children and adolescents with special needs, specifically those with learning disabilities and mental deficiency. Mayra says: “I love to work in education because I believe that it is the key that can make permanent and positive changes in people and in the world.”.
Lucy Prado | Business Manager
Lucy joined Worldfund in 2008 after graduating with a BA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. At Gallatin, she focused her area of concentration on Marketing and the Construction of the Latino Identity. She has volunteered as a tutor for several NYC public schools. Lucy graduated magna cum laude.