Mark MacCarthy is currently adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology Program, where he teaches courses on the economics of network industries and public policy toward network industries. He is also an adjunct member of Georgetown University’s Department of Philosophy where he teaches courses in political philosophy. He does research and consults in the areas of information privacy and security, open standards, electronic commerce and other technology policy issues. He is the appointed expert of the American National Standards Institute on the International Organization For Standardization (ISO) Technical Management Board (TMB) Task Force On Privacy. He is an investigator with the RFID Consortium for Security and Privacy which includes researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Georgetown University, ETH Zurich, and RSA Labs.
From 2000 to 2008, he was Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy at Visa Inc, responsible for policy initiatives affecting electronic commerce, new technology and information security and privacy. He regularly represented Visa before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Administration, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S federal financial regulators and multi-governmental groups such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group.
Prior to joining Visa, he spent six years as a principal and senior director with the Wexler-Walker Group, a Washington public policy consulting firm, where he worked with a variety of clients on electronic commerce, financial services, privacy and telecommunications. He was Vice President in charge of Capital Cities/ABC's Washington office from 1988 to 1994, representing the company’s interests before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other administrative agencies. From 1981 to 1988 he was a professional staff member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he handled communications policy issues. From 1978 to 1981, he worked as an economist performing regulatory analyses of safety and health regulations 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.