Abby M. McCloskey is founder and principal 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 has served as the domestic policy director on multiple presidential campaigns. Most recently, McCloskey was policy director for Howard Schultz’ 2020 exploratory presidential bid as an independent. Previously, she served as policy 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 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 featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Affairs, The Dispatch, AEI, Forbes, National Review and others, as well as serving as a regular contributor to her hometown paper, the Dallas Morning News. McCloskey has testified about her research before the U.S. Congress, frequently appears on major media outlets and is often a featured guest speaker at conferences.
Her work largely centers around economic opportunity, including issues of work, education, taxation, family, and social capital. She is a member of the AEI-Brookings working group on paid leave.
McCloskey holds an M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wheaton College. She lives with her husband and three children in Texas.