Francis Almeida Luzzatto, 64, a senior officer in the Center for Democracy and Governance at the Agency for International Development, died of heart disease Oct. 19 at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in the District.

Mr. Luzzatto had worked at AID since 1993, managing information and publications work. Earlier, he was a program designer at Head Start and directed special programs at the Peace Corps. He also worked in the planning office of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), in the Office of Economic Opportunity.

Before going to work for the government, Mr. Luzzatto taught painting in the mid-1960s at the Corcoran School of Art and Howard University. He was born in Italy, which his family fled in 1939. The family moved to Washington during World War II after living in New Jersey. Mr. Luzzatto attended Sidwell Friends School, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and received a master's degree in fine arts from Boston University. He also studied at the Skowhegan Center for the Arts in Maine.

Mr. Luzzatto's honors included special recognition for his work on an energy conservation program for low-income families. He served on the Presidential Task Force on International Health and Energy Conservation and on the board of the Friends of VISTA.

His paintings were exhibited at Franz Bader Gallery and in Venice and Rome.

Mr. Luzzatto was co-author of a book for children, "City Stickers," which was a book of stickers representing tourist sites in Washington. He designed another book, "Zoo Trax," about animals that children might expect to see at the zoo.

His marriage to Anne Luzzatto ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of three years, Tamera Stanton Luzzatto, and two children from his first marriage, Benjamin Luzzatto and Marisa Luzzatto, all of Washington; and a sister.