Deborah A. McCarthy
Deborah A. McCarthy is an international security strategist with over 15 years of experience in leadership, teamwork and negotiations at the highest levels of government and private sector in Europe, the Western Hemisphere, China and the U.S. Most recently she was the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania (2013-2016) leading the expansion of U.S. military engagement in the country in the face of Russian threats. Previously (2010-2013) she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State, negotiating agreements to advance U.S. business and protect U.S. economic interests.
As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Ms. McCarthy managed a $780 million budget to fight drug production and trafficking in Latin America, as well as the agency’s helicopter and airplane fleet. Subsequently, she was the Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism, working closely with Mexico, and Canada, among others, to tighten border security. In 2006, she was named Special Coordinator for Venezuela, leading efforts which limited actions against the U.S. by the Venezuelan government. As Deputy ambassador in U.S Embassy in Athens, Greece (2008-2010) she ensured the security of the Embassy during massive riots, the resurgence of domestic terrorist groups and the debt crisis.
Raised in France and Argentina, Ms. McCarthy joined the U.S. Diplomatic Service from Chase Manhattan Bank. Ms. McCarthy received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a double Masters in Economics and Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She holds a Certificate in Airline Strategic Management from IATA. In 2014, Ms. McCarthy was a fellow in the On the Board program at George Washington University School for Business. Ms. McCarthy is the recipient of the Presidential Merit Service Award and multiple Performance Awards. She is active on social media on U.S. foreign policy and is an experienced public speaker. She is a member of the Atlantic Council, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Advisory Board, the Baltic Institute for Corporate Governance (honorary), the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and the International Women’s Forum. She serves as a senior advisor to the Aspen Institute/University of Denver International Career Advancement Program to promote diversity in foreign affairs agencies.