James M. McCarthy
Class of 1973
James M. McCarthy is a 1973 graduate of Olean High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from St. Bonaventure University, and later received his Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. McCarthy has dedicated his career to public service, and began working in the United States Department of Commerce in 1983. During his professional career, he spent the majority of his time working overseas in the Foreign Commercial Service, serving in Indonesia, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Honduras and South Africa among several other countries. As a Deputy Senior Commercial Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce in South Africa, Mr. McCarthy coordinates our nation’s trade promotion efforts in the region.
Mr. McCarthy has also contributed to the Volunteers for the Visually Handicapped, and often refers large corporations to various charitable projects overseas. He credits his studies in the Olean City School District for fostering and encouraging his interest in traveling and working around the world.