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     CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 21, 2012) – The former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia and a leading private equity fund manager joined the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
     Carolina Barco, who also served as Colombia’s Foreign Minister from 2002 to 2006, and Jill E. Schurtz, most recently chief executive officer of Robeco-Sage, a $1.3 billion fund of hedge fund complex, were elected May 18, 2012 during the spring board meeting.
     “The breadth of knowledge and experience on the board has expanded greatly with the addition of Carolina Barco and Jill Schurtz,” said Kathryn J. Lincoln, chair and chief investment officer at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. “We very much look forward to their contributions and insights.”
     Barco has had over thirty years of leadership in senior public policy positions, including eight years of diplomatic service as Colombia’s Foreign Minister (2002-2006) and Ambassador to the United States (2006-2010). She also spent over 20 years in economic development and urban planning positions, primarily in Bogotá where she was director of the department of city planning.  She is currently concluding an assignment as a coordinator to the Sustainable Emerging Cities Platform at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
     Barco received a B.A. in sociology and economics from Wellesely College, a master of city planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990-1991. She had previously served on the Lincoln Institute board.
     Jill E. Schurtz currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Harmony Capital Management, a private equity fund of funds. As CEO of Robeco-Sage, she was instrumental in selling the business to Arden Asset Management.  She continues her involvement in the Sage funds as a member of the Arden-Sage Advisory Committee. Prior to assuming the Robeco-Sage CEO role, she served as its chief operating officer.  After graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point, she served seven years in the U.S. Army where she attained the rank of Captain. Following her military service, she received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and was a practicing lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP. Her other affiliations include investment banking at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray and Knight Equity Markets.
     The other members of the Lincoln Institute board include former Interior secretary and Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt; Roy Bahl, Regents Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at Georgia State University; Thomas M. Becker, president of The Chautauqua Institution; Henry A. Coleman, professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University; Alberto Harth, president of Civitas in San Salvador, El Salvador; Gregory K. Ingram, president, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Bruce Lincoln of Phoenix, Arizona; David C. Lincoln, president of VIKA Corp. and chairman of the Lincoln Laser Company; John G. Lincoln III, senior engineer at CH2M-Hill in Boise, Idaho; Johannes F. Linn, a resident senior scholar at the Emerging Markets Forum in Washington, D.C.; Thomas Nechyba, professor of economics and public policy studies, Duke University; Kenneth T.W. Pang, adjunct professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Andrea Taylor, director of community affairs, North America, Microsoft Corporation; Douglas P. Wheeler, partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, D.C.; and Carol Whiteside, president emeritus of the Great Valley Center in Modesto, California.
      The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Providing high-quality education and research, the Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy.

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