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.

McCloskey is widely published, with her work regularly appearing in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Affairs, National Review, Forbes, American Banker, Real Clear Markets, US News and World Report, and AEI's Economic Studies series, among others. She is a contributor with The Dallas Morning News.

Previously, McCloskey was the 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 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 has testified about her research before the U.S. Congress, appears on major media outlets, and is often a guest speaker for graduate school classes, research conferences, and political associations. 

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 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.