Julie McCarthy is special assistant in the Office of the President at Open Society Foundations, where she is working on issues of transparency and accountability. Most recently she served as director of the support unit at the Open Government Partnership (OGP), where she provided strategic advice, conducted outreach to stakeholders, and fundraised. In 2011 she served as Senior Adviser to the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, working with the Obama administration and the Brazilian government to implement OGP initiatives.
In 2009, McCarthy was selected as a Franklin Fellow and Peacebuilding Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, helping to launch a multimillion dollar peace-building program in Liberia. Prior to this, McCarthy directed the Open Society Institute’s Revenue Watch Program and then cofounded the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI), serving as its deputy director until 2009. And from 2002 to 2004, McCarthy was program associate for Globalization Reform/Iraq Revenue Watch at the Open Society Institute as well as global coordinator for the Soros Foundation Network on the Millennium Challenge Account.
McCarthy graduated from Cornell University in 2002 and received an MA in International Relations with a focus on conflict and governance from Yale University in 2012. She sits on the advisory boards of the Revenue Watch Institute and International Budget Project and is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.