The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Luanne Zurlo – Assistant Professor of Finance


Luanne D. Zurlo is a senior executive with significant investment banking and non-profit leadership experience. In 2002, Zurlo founded Worldfund, a non-profit dedicated to improving education quality in Latin America, after a nine-year career as a securities analyst on Wall Street with Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.

Zurlo was ranked by Institutional Investor as one of the top Latin American telecommunications analysts, and was the lead analyst on multiple equity and debt issuances for U.S., Argentine, Brazilian and Mexican companies that raised over $10 billion in capital. At Goldman Sachs, Zurlo managed an eight-member U.S. research staff covering 35 companies with more than $1 trillion in leveraged market capitalization (in 2000) and coordinated global telecom equity research efforts.

Headquartered in New York City, with branches in Mexico City and São Paulo, Worldfund has become the premier NGO dedicated to raising the quality of education in Latin America. As Worldfund President, Zurlo structured partnerships with Harvard University, Dartmouth College, local corporations and government education officials to launch innovative teacher/principal training, literacy/arts and science/math programs in Mexican and Brazilian public schools, currently impacting 1 Million students annually.

Zurlo led the effort to build a philanthropically and programmatically committed board of directors and international advisory council with over 30 senior executives from the U.S. and Latin America. Worldfund has attracted sponsorship from major corporations in the U.S. and Latin America.

Zurlo has an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from Columbia Business School, an M.A. in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University SAIS and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College.


Fifteen Feet from the Pope



December 2005 - C-SPAN 30-minute interview on the intersection of lack of education in Mexico and immigration -

Fall 2010 - Americas Society conference “Access to Education - Who Has It and Why Does It Matter?” in New York, NY -

April 2011 - “Harnessing Corporate Philanthropy to Educate the World’s Poor” at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC

May 2011 - University of Miami conference addressing “Poverty Alleviation in Latin America: What Works and Why” in Miami, Fl

June 2011 - “Worldfund Creates Educational Opportunity in Latin America” -

November 2013 - “Human Capital Formation and its Impact on Economic Development” Talk delivered at the Acton Institute in Rome, Italy

2014 - Speaker, Annual LatinFinance conference in Miami, FL

October 2015 - Keynote speaker, Harvard University Latin American conference in Cambridge, MA

Luanne Zurlo, "World Education & Development Fund." C-SPAN.



Luanne Zurlo, Bravo Business Awards: Humanitarian of the Year

In Her Words ...

What makes the studying in CU’s IEDM program so unique is its focus on the whole human person. To understand how and why countries develop, one must understand the motivations and desires of the human heart. – Luanne Zurlo



Office: 309 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Office hours: By appointment only




  • FIN 226 – Financial Management
  • FIN 389 – International Corporate Finance
  • IEDM 523 – Economic and Management Aspects of Education in Developing Countries
  • Catholic Social Doctrine for Professionals
  • MSBA 511: Applied Financial Management


M.B.A., Finance and Accounting, Columbia Business School

M.A., International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University

B.A., History, Dartmouth College


Areas of Expertise

  • Political economies of Latin America
  • Education in developing countries
  • Latin American telecommunications
  • Catholic Social Doctrine
  • Finance
  • Not-for-profit management

 > Curriculum Vitae

Board Membership

Co-chair of the board, Worldfund

Board member, Eleazar Wheelock Society at Dartmouth College

Board member, Christendom College

Board member, Humanum