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Bill McCarthy

Chief Operating Officer

Biography:

Bill McCarthy serves as a senior staff member on FDD’s policy projects and manages the foundation’s internal operations, including accounting and finance, technology, operations, and human resources.

Before taking on his current role as Chief Operating Officer, he managed many of the foundation’s most successful programs.  In 2007 and 2008, he coordinated a coalition of veterans organizations, military families, and grassroots organizations to support General Petraeus’s “surge” strategy in Iraq. From 2006-2007, under a grant from the U.S. State Department, he designed and ran training programs for pro-democracy candidates running for elections in Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, and Algeria.  These successful training programs incorporated an innovative mentoring component that was unique to the State Department’s international training efforts. In 2005, he provided strategic advice and management support to the Pledge for Iraq, an issue-based campaign within Iraq designed to promote human rights and political freedom during Iraq’s first national elections.  In 2004, he supported the Iraq-America Freedom Alliance, which identified Iraqis working to build democratic institutions and brought them to the United States for a speaking and media tour.  He has also prepared and led a communications and public diplomacy conference for ambassadors from the Middle East.  He continues to lead advocacy, communications, and training programs in support of the foundation’s mission.

From 2003 to 2004, he served as a speechwriter to the Secretary of Education.  From 1998 to 2000, he was deputy director of communications for the Republican National Committee, where he led communications efforts in support of the GOP’s 2000 presidential campaign.  He has also worked as a press secretary on Capitol Hill, for a national public relations agency, and on congressional races across the country.  He is the author of the Vault Guide to Capitol Hill Careers (Vault, 2003).

He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in English Literature from the University of Chicago.

 Bill McCarthy serves as a senior staff member on FDD’s policy projects and manages the foundation’s internal operations, including accounting and finance, technology, operations, and human resources.

Before taking on his current role as Chief Operating Officer, he managed many of the foundation’s most successful programs.  In 2007 and 2008, he coordinated a coalition of veterans organizations, military families, and grassroots organizations to support General Petraeus’s “surge” strategy in Iraq. From 2006-2007, under a grant from the U.S. State Department, he designed and ran training programs for pro-democracy candidates running for elections in Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, and Algeria.  These successful training programs incorporated an innovative mentoring component that was unique to the State Department’s international training efforts. In 2005, he provided strategic advice and management support to the Pledge for Iraq, an issue-based campaign within Iraq designed to promote human rights and political freedom during Iraq’s first national elections.  In 2004, he supported the Iraq-America Freedom Alliance, which identified Iraqis working to build democratic institutions and brought them to the United States for a speaking and media tour.  He has also prepared and led a communications and public diplomacy conference for ambassadors from the Middle East.  He continues to lead advocacy, communications, and training programs in support of the foundation’s mission.

From 2003 to 2004, he served as a speechwriter to the Secretary of Education.  From 1998 to 2000, he was deputy director of communications for the Republican National Committee, where he led communications efforts in support of the GOP’s 2000 presidential campaign.  He has also worked as a press secretary on Capitol Hill, for a national public relations agency, and on congressional races across the country.  He is the author of the Vault Guide to Capitol Hill Careers (Vault, 2003).

He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in English Literature from the University of Chicago.