Catholic Charities Executive Director Bill McCarthy has been named one of the most influential leaders in the area by the Baltimore Business Journal.

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Catholic Charities Executive Director Bill McCarthy

Selected as one of the publication’s Power 10 of 2019, McCarthy’s focus stays clear, even if he’s a little embarrassed by the attention.

“I am grateful for the acknowledgment of our work,” McCarthy said. “The real power is in our mission, which takes a lot more people.

“When I came to Catholic Charities, it was with the intention of growing a movement to improve lives and making our community stronger,” he continued. “We have 2,100 colleagues, nearly 20,000 volunteers and donors, and partnerships throughout our communities who help do that.”

The Baltimore Business Journal confers the distinction for what it calls the most powerful individuals in the Greater Baltimore business community—veteran and emerging leaders with a proven record of achievement and success in both career and community commitment.

The award honors local professionals who not only launch new initiatives and act as changemakers in their organizations, but who also sit on a number of boards and get directly involved with volunteer and nonprofit work.

McCarthy, whose previous career was as a banking executive and tax attorney, has led Catholic Charities since 2009, guiding a mission to serve Marylanders in need through more than 80 programs in over 200 locations across the state. In his tenure, the organization has formed and fostered enduring and meaningful partnerships with community groups, likeminded agencies and organizations, philanthropic businesses, and local governments—all focused on working toward solutions for communities and individuals.

McCarthy serves on seven boards, including the Greater Baltimore Committee and Loyola Blakefield High School, where he is chair.

McCarthy’s naming to the list comes on the heels of Catholic Charities being named for a sixth time as one of the area’s top workplaces by the Baltimore Sun Media Group. That distinction comes from an impartial employee engagement survey conducted by Energage.

“Sometimes the lives we change are our own,” McCarthy said. “That can be a powerful motivator, too.”