Abby M. McCloskey is an economist and political commentator.  

She is the founder of McCloskey Policy LLC, a research and consulting firm serving business and political leaders across the country, including presidential and Congressional candidates, Cabinet-level appointees,  Fortune 500 CEOs, and foundations.   Most recently, McCloskey was policy director for Howard Schultz’ 2020 exploratory presidential bid as an independent. 

Her work has been cited by David Brooks for being “ an outstanding compendium of proposals . . . . activist but humble,” called out by name by Fox News’ Dana Perino for her innovative approach to paid leave, cited in Paul Ryan’s book, “The Way Forward,” for her research on upward mobility, among other accolades.

McCloskey is widely published, with her work regularly appearing in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Affairs, and National Review, among others. She is a contributor to The Dallas Morning News - her hometown paper. McCloskey has testified about her research before the U.S. Congress, frequently appears on major media outlets such as CNBC and Fox News and is often a featured guest speaker at conferences.  

McCloskey is known for her work on economic opportunity and issues impacting working parents. She currently serves as a member of the AEI-Brookings Joint Working Group on Paid Leave and on the board of The Human Impact, a non-profit addressing homelessness in Dallas.

Previously,  she served as policy director the director for Governor Rick Perry's 2016 presidential campaign and an economic advisor to Governor Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign.  She was the Program Director of Economic Policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington DC; the Director of Research at the Financial Services Roundtable, a trade association for the 100 largest financial institutions; a staffer for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), and; a policy associate with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  

McCloskey holds an M.S. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in economics from Wheaton College.  She lives with her husband, two sons, and golden retriever in Dallas, Texas.

Portrait | Claire McCormack Photography

Watch Abby make the case for conservatives to support paid parental leave at the AEI-Brookings Joint Working Group Conference, June 2017

Watch Abby present on disability reform and short-term medical leave at the 2018 AEI-Brookings Paid Leave event, November 2018.