Julie McCarthy

Co-Director, Economic Justice Program  

Open Society Foundations  

Brooklyn, NY   


Julie McCarthy is currently the co-director of the Economic Justice Program. Julie started the Fiscal Governance program at the Open Society in 2013, ultimately growing it to a $20 million per annum grant making and advocacy effort focused on more open, accountable and equitable public finance. In 2019, she and her nominator/co-director, Sean Hinton, merged their programs, creating the Economic Justice Program, now one of OSF’s largest programs focused on building more equitable, democratic and accountable economic systems. From 2011 to 2012, she helped co-found and then became the inaugural executive director of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global multi-stakeholder initiative that supports governments to become more transparent, accountable and responsive to their citizens. In 2009, Julie was selected as a Franklin Fellow and peacebuilding advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, helping to launch a multimillion-dollar peacebuilding program in Liberia. Prior to that she was deputy director of the Natural Resource Governance Institute. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her three children. Julie is a Fellow of the second class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.