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About The Honoree

William McCarthy

2023 Business Leader of the Year Honoree William J. McCarthy, Jr. 

William J. McCarthy, Jr., has been the executive director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore since August of 2009. He leads an Agency of nearly 2,000 employees and 8000 volunteers, providing care and services for people experiencing poverty, older Marylanders, children and families in crisis, our new neighbors in the immigrant community and individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Mr. McCarthy oversees more than 80 programs at 200 locations throughout Maryland. Some of Catholic Charities’ largest programs include Our Daily Bread Employment Center, Sarah’s House, Gallagher Services, Head Start, Supportive Senior Communities, My Sister’s Place Women’s Center, St. Vincent’s Villa and Villa Maria Community Resources.

He was previously the market president for SunTrust Bank, Maryland, and served as the head of wealth and investment management for the Mid-Atlantic Group. He also served in executive management positions at Allfirst Financial and M&T Bank. Prior to that, Mr. McCarthy was in the private practice of law, specializing in taxation.

Mr. McCarthy chairs the board of the Baltimore Branch of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank and serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Notre Dame University of Maryland, The Thomas O’Neill Catholic Health Care Fund, Board of Financial Administration of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Maryland Catholic Conference.

He earned both law and master’s degrees from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, and he is a graduate of Loyola Blakefield. Bill and his wife, Maria, reside in Lutherville, Maryland.