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Mountain States Spotlight with Board Member Tracy McCarthy

  • October 30, 2014

New Coloradan and ADL Board Member Tracy McCarthy shares her passions for travel, helping families achieve their goals, and the critical work of the Anti-Defamation League.

How are you involved with ADL?

I am a Regional Board member and supporter of the Anti-Defamation League.  My firm, BNY Mellon, is a corporate sponsor of ADL as well.

What do you do in your professional life?

I lead a team of professional advisors here in Denver, who advise high net worth families with planning, investments and family communications.  Our firm, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, is a global leader in helping families ensure that money doesn’t become a divisive burden and is cohesively managed in alignment with their long term plans.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A world traveler.

Where were you born? From where do your ancestors hail?

I was born in New York City and lived three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean.  It was interesting to be on the beach and see the former World Trade Center towers in the not too far distance.  My great grandparents all came from Ireland.  I suspect that there is some Scandinavian and Spanish somewhere in the ancestry!

What’s your favorite holiday?

New Year’s. It’s a time to reflect and start anew.

What’s your favorite food?

Peanut Butter.

What’s a special place you have visited?

I have travelled quite a bit and my favorite places have been Israel, Scotland and Croatia. Each of these countries has a rich history and culture and each is beautiful in its own way.  When I was visiting them I felt like I went back in time and was in another world altogether.

What’s one thing every person should know or experience?

Loss. It is a great teacher and humbler.

What teacher or class stands out to you the most in your education and why?

My high school literature teacher, because he pushed me to be more reflective.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?

Skiing, biking, and enjoying fresh air.

What would be impossible for you to give up?


If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

Financial responsibility to children

How did you first become involved in ADL?

I moved to Denver from London in August 2013 after spending much of the previous five years in the UK and commuting to Geneva for one of those years. Soon after relocating to Denver, I attended a donor event and became absolutely amazed by the work that ADL is doing with Law Enforcement.  From there I have become even more committed to our mission.

Why do you choose to make a financial investment in ADL?

Because the work accomplished is crucially important to me and to the larger world. In particular, the work that ADL does with kids on anti-bullying and anti-bias is really critical, and ADL’s work with law enforcement is awe-inspiring.

Complete this sentence: For me, the ADL is …

Doing critically important work that can radically change the world for the better.