Carolina Barco was appointed Ambassador of Colombia to the United States in August 2006 by President Alvaro Uribe. Born in 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts, Carolina Barco Isakson is the daughter of Virgilio Barco Vargas, a former Mayor, Senator, Ambassador, President of Colombia and Director to the World Bank Board, and Carolina Isakson Proctor.
In 1973 Barco received her BA in Sociology and Economics from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. During her time at Wellesley she spent a year studying abroad at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, and in 1975 she received a Masters Degree in City Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1984 she received an MBA at the Instituto de Empresas in Madrid, and from 1990 to 1991 she was a visiting scholar at her father’s alma mater, MIT.
Barco was appointed Foreign Minister of Colombia by President Alvaro Uribe in August 2002 and remained in that post until July 2006, when she was appointed Ambassador to the United States.
She has worked in the public sector, being Director of the City Planning Department in Bogotá, and adviser to the Ministries of Development, Culture, and Environment, as well as to the National Planning Department and the Office of the Mayor of Bogotá. She has also worked as international cooperation adviser to the United Nations Development Program, as researcher at Universidad de los Andes, and as a member of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Board of Directors. Former Minister Barco is well known mainly as an authority in the formulation and adoption of public policies.