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Kathleen L. Flanagan

President & Chief Executive Officer

Kathleen L. Flanagan Kathleen L. Flanagan
Kathleen Flanagan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Abt Associates. She assumed this position on October 1, 2009, after a distinguished career working across the broad range of markets and policy areas that reflect the company's business today. Prior to being named President and CEO she served as Group Vice President for Social, Economic and Health Policy. 

Flanagan joined the company in 1983 as a Policy Analyst in the Health Area. In 1989 she became Managing Vice President of the company's Labor Economics Research Area, overseeing research on workforce development and income security programs. In the mid-1990's she launched an international workforce and education practice winning projects from clients including USAID, the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Labor. In 1998, she launched the company's Housing and Community Revitalization practice and built a team of more than 75 researchers and technical assistance staff working on affordable housing and community development policies at the federal, state and local levels. In 2005, she was named Group Vice President for Social, Economic, and Health Policy.

Flanagan holds leadership positions in a number of civic and industry organizations. She is:
  • On the Professional Services Council (PSC) board and serves as secretary of the Executive Committee. She also is chair of the PSC's Civilian Agencies Council;
  • A board member of Maryland's World Trade Center Institute;
  • A member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum;
  • A member of the CEO Forum of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Society for International Development; and
  • A founding member and former president of Jobs Have Priority, a Washington-area nonprofit designed to provide job training and housing assistance to homeless individuals and those at risk for homelessness in the metro region.

Flanagan received a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Public Policy from the University of Rochester in New York.

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Honors/Awards

  • Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts award from the Boston Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute, 2014.
  • Executive of the Year award from the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council, 2013.