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Worldfund Expands Reach with
Two Strategic Hires

Janet Kyle Appointed Director of Programs;
 Kelly Maurice Appointed Director of Worldfund Brazil



Janet Kyle Kelly Maurice

Janet Kyle

Kelly Maurice


At a time of rapid institutional growth, Worldfund, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty in Latin America through education, is thrilled to announce that it has filled two key positions that will drive program expansion and further our mission to bring quality education to millions of impoverished children in Latin America.

Janet Kyle, a former high school teacher and human resource executive, joins Worldfund as Director of Programs.  As Worldfund strives to reach its next level of growth, Janet will oversee the organization?s portfolio of programs and spearhead their growth throughout the region.  Janet spent 20 years in human resources with JPMorgan and Citibank before becoming a social studies and special education teacher in a struggling New York City public school.  Janet grew up in Latin America and has advanced degrees in Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and in Teaching from Pace University.   

Long-time São Paulo resident and former banker Kelly Maurice joins the organization as Director of Worldfund Brazil.  In this fundamental role Kelly will promote and scale Worldfund?s STEM Brasil program to improve the quality of science and math education in Brazilian public high schools. Her background includes over 25 years in international banking with BankBoston, JP Morgan and Royal Bank of Canada, where she focused on Brazil and Latin America.

?Janet and Kelly bring impressive private-sector experience and regional knowledge that will further enable our continued and sustained growth,? said Worldfund Founder and President Luanne Zurlo. ?They have enormous ability to develop and manage relationships with schools, government officials, and private organizations and will be instrumental to the success of Worldfund?s new programs,? Zurlo concluded.

Janet succeeds outgoing Director of Programs Michelle Viegas, and Kelly succeeds former Worldfund Brazil Director Luiz Sergio Cardoso de Oliveira.  


About Worldfund

Worldfund is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is to raise the quality and relevance of education in Latin America in order to transform lives and break the cycle of poverty.  Worldfund fulfills its mission through its investment in schools, after-school programs for gifted youth, and teacher and principal training designed in collaboration with organizations such as Dartmouth College and Harvard University.

Founded in 2002, Worldfund has swiftly become the premiere U.S. non-profit devoted exclusively to improving basic pre-K through high school education in Latin America.  Currently Worldfund reaches 86,000 students annually in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela; and expects to reach 250,000 students annually by 2015. Worldfund is particularly focused on targeting high potential underprivileged children, and instilling critical thinking and key skills that will enable them to study at university and pursue meaningful work. Contributors are corporations and individuals strongly committed to Latin America's social and economic  development. In 2009 Worldfund became a fully-registered charity in both Mexico and Brazil. For more information about Worldfund, visit



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