REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of Liberia
CANDIDATE: Michael A. McCarthy
Michael A. McCarthy, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg, South Africa. Previously, Mr. McCarthy was the Office Director, Office of Retirement, in the Bureau of Human Resources in the State Department. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission for Embassy Juba in South Sudan. His demonstrated leadership skills in these positions, coupled with his considerable experience in Africa and his effective engagement with inter-agency partners as a management officer in two very large missions make him an excellent candidate to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia.
Mr. McCarthy’s earlier assignments include service as the Management Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India and the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea. Prior to that, he was the Area Management Officer of the East Africa Division in the Office of Overseas Buildings and Operations at the U.S. Department of State and a Country Desk Officer in the Office of West African Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs. He also served at the U.S. Embassies in Montevideo, Uruguay; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Bangkok, Thailand. Before joining the Foreign Service, he was the Vice President, Marketing for Compro Systems, Inc., in Baltimore, MD. He also was a Technical Information Specialist in the Executive Office of the President in addition to serving earlier as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo.
Mr. McCarthy received his B.S. from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1982. He is the recipient of multiple State Department performance awards. His foreign languages are French, Spanish, and Thai.