Michael A. McCarthy arrived in South Africa on July 27, 2017 as the new U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg. A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, Mr. McCarthy most recently served as the Director of the Office of Retirement in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State, a position he held from 2015 to 2017. Mr. McCarthy served as Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he was Management Counselor at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany from 2010 to 2013, and Management Officer in New Delhi, India from 2007 to 2010 and in Asmara, Eritrea from 2004 to 2007.
Since joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Mr. McCarthy has also served in the Africa Division of the Area Management Office in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings and Operations, and in the Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs. His additional overseas postings were in Uruguay, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Mr. McCarthy received a B.A. from Tulane University. His foreign languages include French, Spanish and Thai. Mr. McCarthy is married to Sandra A. McCarthy and he has two daughters and two step-children.