John McCarthy is an advocate for youth engagement in the political process. In 2012, he served as a young national co-chair of Catholics for Obama and presently serves as the national vice-president of Irish American Democrats. He previously served as the Executive Director of Future Civic Leaders, a non-partisan organization that works to bridge the civic education gap in low-income communities, and now serves as the organization’s board chair. A leader on civic-engagement he was a founding ACE advisor to the ACT Foundation, the official foundation of the nation’s leading college and career readiness assessment. Active in philanthropy he serves on the boards of the Clinton International Summer School in Northern Ireland, Young Americans for Diplomatic Leadership, the Irish Network of DC, the Millennial Action Project’s Action Council and the American Ireland Fund’s Young Leaders Chapter in DC. In 2015 he was recognized as a “40 under 40” by the Irish Echo Newspaper. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America where he studied politics and theology.