Abby M. McCloskey, founder of McCloskey Policy LLC, is an economist and political commentator. She is a contributor with Forbes and The Dallas Morning News.
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.
McCloskey is a veteran of multiple political campaigns. She was the policy director for domestic and foreign policy on Governor Rick Perry's 2016 presidential campaign and an economic advisor to Governor Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign. She has confidentially advised numerous other national campaigns, candidates, and elected officials as part of her consulting business.
Previously, McCloskey 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 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 is widely published, with her work appearing in the Wall Street Journal, National Affairs, National Review Magazine, National Review Online, The Dallas Morning News, American Banker, Real Clear Markets, US News and World Report, Forbes, AEIdeas, and AEI's Economic Studies series, among others.
McCloskey has testified about her research before the U.S. Congress, regularly appears on major media outlets, and is often a guest speaker for graduate school classes, research conferences, and political associations.
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, son, and golden retriever in Dallas, Texas.
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