Dr. Darrell Anthony Luzzo is the President of the National Career Development Association, a position he has held since August of 2007. He also serves as the President of Strategic Partnerships LLC, a for-profit company that provides fiscal and human resource solutions to large corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, foundations, and institutions of higher education. Dr. Luzzo obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s and doctorate degrees in education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Dr. Luzzo's career includes executive-level assignments with JA Worldwide/Junior Achievement (2001-2007), National Career Assessment Services, Inc. (2000-2001), Mt. Hood Community College (1999-2001), and ACT, Inc. (1997-1999). Dr. Luzzo’s full-time and adjunct academic/teaching assignments with several colleges and universities have included Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Iowa, Auburn University, Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, the University of Northern Alabama, St. Ambrose University, and Johnson County Community College. Dr. Luzzo has operated a private career counseling practice and has assisted other career counselors in preparing to start their own private practice and consulting businesses. In addition to his service on the Board of the National Career Development Association, Dr. Luzzo has held active leadership positions in the American Education Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Counseling Association.
Dr. Luzzo’s particular expertise in career development and entrepreneurship includes the development of over a dozen new curriculum projects addressing the interrelated issues of career development, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy during his six year tenure at JA Worldwide. He is the author of over 60 refereed journal articles, editor of Career Counseling of College Students: An Empirical Guide to Strategies That Work
(APA Books, 2000), and author of two college student development texts: Making Career Decisions That Count: A Practical Guide
(Prentice Hall, 2008, 2002, 1997) and Overcoming the Hurdles to Academic Success: Strategies That Make a Difference
(Houghton Mifflin, 2003).
Darrell and his wife, Tanya, live in Parker, Colorado, with their eight children.