Luis Duarte serves as the Chief Philanthropy Office (CPO) of ZOMA LAB and President of Zoma Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the family office Ben and Lucy Ana Walton. Duarte leads the organization's efforts to address challenging social issues in Colorado and Chile.
Prior to his ZOMA LAB appointment, Duarte served as investments director at Gary Community Investments (GCI), an organization committed to support low-income children and their families in the State of Colorado. His role included developing public-private partnerships, and executing and managing a portfolio of philanthropic, near-market, and market-rate investments operating in a wide range of sectors including: Early Childhood, Youth Success, Family Economic Security, and Community and Economic Development. He Led GCI's areas of innovation and impact investing.
Duarte is an entrepreneur who has started a number companies and worked in both the corporate and public sectors including serving as a consultant and an engineer for the plastics and construction industries, and leading a 200-staff organization for the public department of health in Mexico.
Duarte is currently a senior advisor at the Colorado Impact Fund and board member at the Mental Health Center of Denver and at Gary Community Investments.
Luis is a Colorado Governors Fellow, as well as, an Unreasonable Institute Fellow. He holds a BS, cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from Tec de Monterrey and and MBA, cum laude, from Babson College where he was awarded the Babson College Global Leadership Award.
He lives in Denver, CO with his wife, Vanessa, and their two boys, Mauricio and Luis.