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Abby McCloskey


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Abby M. McCloskey is BPC fellow and 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. She is a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a member of the AEI-Brookings working group on paid leave, and a contributor to Dallas Morning News, her hometown paper.

Most recently, McCloskey was policy director for Howard Schultz’ 2020 exploratory presidential bid as an independent. 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 is widely published, with her work regularly published in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Affairs, The Dispatch, Forbes, AEI, and National Review, among others. 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. She currently serves 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 Texas.