Leo T. McCarthy served for three terms as Lieutenant Governor for the State of California from 1983-1995. An alumnus of USF, he worked with the University President, the Lanes, and various faculty members to establish the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good in September of 2002.
As Lieutenant Governor, Mr. McCarthy was an active member of the State Lands Commission, the World Trade Commission, the University of California Board of Regents, and the California State University Board of Trustees. Mr. McCarthy promoted business development throughout the State, and played a pivotal role in coordinating the emergency response to the 1989 and 1992 Bay Area earthquakes. Before his election as Lieutenant Governor, Mr. McCarthy was a Member of the California State Assembly from 1969-1983, where he served as Speaker for six years. Prior to that he was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
After leaving public office, Mr. McCarthy became the President of The Daniel Group, an equities and real estate investment firm. He also served on the Board of Directors of Linear Technology, Forward Funds (a mutual fund company), and Accela (a developer of information systems for government agencies). In addition, Mr. McCarthy was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a member of the Advisory Council at the USF School of Business and Management.
Mr. McCarthy was the May 2004 Commencement Speaker at USF.