Mayor Jeannette A. McCarthy is a life-long resident of Waltham, MA. Mayor McCarthy attended Waltham public schools and is a graduate of Waltham High School, Boston College, Suffolk University Law School, and Northeastern University. Prior to being elected Mayor, Ms. McCarthy served two years as a Councillor-at-Large, and served six years on the Waltham School Committee. She was also employed for 7 years as a city solicitor, and became Mayor of Waltham in 2004. Mayor McCarthy had a private law practice, and also volunteered her time for many organizations including the American Cancer Society, Greater Waltham Association for Retarded Citizens, and Waltham Partnership for Youth.