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Jay L. Knott

Executive Vice President & Chief Business Officer

Jay L. Knott Jay L. Knott
Jay L. Knott is Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer at Abt Associates, overseeing all the company’s business divisions, its two wholly owned subsidiaries Abt SRBI and Abt JTA, its international operations, its reputational capital and its global business development. He is a member of the Management Advisory Group.
Before joining Abt Associates, Mr. Knott was the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director in Jordan, leading one of the largest U.S. economic assistance programs in the world. During early 2010, he served as Acting Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs. Mr. Knott also served as USAID Mission Director in Mozambique, which has one of the largest U.S. assistance programs in Africa. He joined USAID in 1988 and assumed a number of leadership roles in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to USAID, Mr. Knott worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice focusing on the enforcement of U.S. environmental laws. He was also an attorney at the private firm Fox, Weinberg and Bennett, where he worked on issues related to the environment and food and drug law.
Mr. Knott received his B.A. in Political Economy and African Studies from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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