McCarthy’s responsibilities include the oversight of Title IX complaints and investigations, institutional policies, programs, student support, along with the development of prevention education and training. Prior to Pomona, McCarthy served as University of Illinois at Chicago’s Title IX Coordinator and for many years she served as the assistant director and, later, director of the Women's Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. McCarthy received her B.A. from Augustana College, her M.Ed. in counseling from Lynchburg College, and has been certified as a civil rights investigator.