Tom McCarthy is a native of the Annapolis area and has lived in Ward 1 on Prince George St. for over thirteen years.  Tom attended Severna Park High School and Loyola College.  

After graduating in 1996, he joined a local sailmaking company – Quantum Sail Design Group - and began working in the Bay Ridge loft making sails and racing semi-professionally.  In 1999, he moved to Hilton Head, SC, and opened a franchise of Quantum.  

After five years of working and racing on the East Coast, he sold his company and moved back to Annapolis to join a local mortgage banking company.  

In 2006, he took his experience in real estate to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to work with Program Open Space.  Tom’s been with DNR for almost seven years.  He currently purchases land for outdoor recreation, negotiates conservation easements, coordinates federal land acquisition grants, and represents Governor Larry Hogan on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Environmental Trust.

Tom is also a conservationist at heart at is deeply concerned about the water quality in Annapolis’ creeks, the Severn River, and the Chesapeake Bay.  He believes that businesses and developers can and should work with the City and residents to support Smart Growth initiatives that will protect and preserve natural habitat and water quality while allowing the City to gradually improve its infrastructure and expand.

In 2014, Tom was invited to join the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee as the alternate member for Ward 1.  In April of 2015, Tom became the primary member for Ward 1 and the Vice-Chairman after Kitty Higgins retired from the Committee.  In April of 2017, Tom took over as Acting Chair of the Committee after the current Chair resigned that position.