Ms. Burkett joined LCG in 2013 and is the Vice President, Director of Private Investments. Her responsibilities include private investments research as well as due diligence and collaborating with clients to implement their private investments allocations.
Prior to joining LCG, Catharine was a founding Co-Director of Alternative Investments for the Retirement Systems of the State of Georgia. In that capacity, she created the investment infrastructure to implement the initial private equity program and led the first investment for the plan. Previously, Catharine was a Principal at Camden Partners, which she joined to build out Camden Private Capital as a diversified private equity fund of funds. Under her leadership, Camden Private Capital grew from $40 million in subscriptions invested with 8 managers to $265 million invested in 35 top-performing venture capital, buyout, real asset and special situation funds.
Before working at Camden, Catharine was Director of Private Investments at Spider Management Company, the University of Richmond, where she managed the Universityís portfolio of investment funds including those for real assets and real estate as well as venture capital and private equity funds. As a senior member of the Investment Team, she led decisions for setting asset allocation and defining Investment Policy for the management of the endowmentís then $1.5 billion portfolio.
Previously, Catharine worked for The Sherman Fairchild Foundation, a private family foundation based in Chevy Chase, M.D. As Vice President for Finance, she had oversight of all asset classes for the $500 million foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Catharine was an Investment Funds Manager at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency of the U.S. government. She worked closely with private equity managers seeking U.S. government credit support to facilitate their offering of private equity investment funds in emerging countries including Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa and parts of Asia and Latin America.
Catharine also worked at Duke University Management Company as Investment Director selecting and managing funds and direct investments and, later as Director at Duke Hospitalís Office of Science Technology where she worked on technology transfers. Prior to Duke University, Catharine served as a Vice President at CIT in the Private Investing unit and as a consultant for RogersCasey (now Segal Rogerscasey) working on corporate pension clientsí alternative investment portfolio consisting of venture capital and private equity funds and co-investments.
Catharine began her career as a Securities Analyst for The Hillman Company, a Pittsburgh-based family owned investment holding company. After three years, she joined the firmís venture capital group investing in venture capital funds and directly in venture capital companies.
Catharine has a BA from Queens College, Charlotte, N.C. and an MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati, O.H. She is a founder of a limited partnersí forum in Baltimore, BALPA, and is a frequent speaker on the perspective of Limited Partners at industry conferences. She has served on the Board of Advisors for a number of private equity and venture capital funds and is currently serving on four boards. Catharine is Treasurer and a member of the Board of The Foxfire Fund and oversees the management of that endowment. She is also on the Board of Advisors for The Alliance Theatre.