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Mark MacCarthy

Vice President for Public Policy, Software and Information Industry Association

Mark MacCarthy joined the Software and Information Industry Association in February 2011 as Vice President for Public Policy. He advises member companies and directs public policy initiatives in the areas of intellectual property enforcement, technology and trade issues, information privacy, cybersecurity, cloud computing and the promotion of educational technology. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, where he teaches courses in information privacy and tech policy in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program, and courses in political philosophy in their Philosophy Department. He is an Affiliate of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business Center for Business and Public Policy. He has been a consultant on technology policy issues for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and for the Aspen Institute.

Previously, Mr. MacCarthy joined the Visa management team in June 2000 as Senior Vice President for Public Policy. He represented Visa before Congress, the Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the banking regulators and other regulatory agencies. He was responsible for Visa's public policy initiatives and strategies in the areas of data security and privacy, electronic commerce liability issues such as Internet gambling and Internet pharmacies, patent reform, international trade, and product innovations such as Visa's contactless payment platform and pre-paid cards. He regularly testified on behalf of Visa before various Congressional committees and regulatory agencies.

Mr. MacCarthy has more than 25 years of experience in Washington DC public policy making and government affairs. Prior to joining Visa U.S.A., MacCarthy was a principal and senior director with the Wexler Group, a Washington government affairs consulting firm, where he worked with a variety of clients on electronic commerce, privacy and telecommunications. He was Vice President in charge of Capital Cities/ABC's Washington office from 1988 to 1994. From 1981 to 1988 he was a professional staff member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he handled communications policy and other issues for the Chairman of the Committee, Representative John D. Dingell. During the Carter Administration, Mr. MacCarthy worked as an economist at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Mr. MacCarthy has a Ph.D in philosophy from Indiana University and an MA in economics from the University of Notre Dame. He has published a number of articles on government regulation, and has also taught at Notre Dame and Maryland University.


Biography last updated March 2012