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Abby McCartney

Senior Director, Early Care and Education

  • Biography

Abby McCartney, Senior Director in Afton’s Early Care and Education practice, specializes in early childhood systems change. Her experience and expertise include fiscal analysis of state early childhood systems, child care and home visiting cost models, research and advising for members of Congress, and place-based strategic planning processes to build stronger communities for young children and their families.

Abby has served in federal and local government, as a nonprofit leader, and as a classroom teacher. Notably, she advised Senator Elizabeth Warren on education issues, leading the Senator’s work on child care and student loan debt. Abby previously served as the executive director of Camden Enrollment, a non-profit organization overseeing the school enrollment system in Camden, New Jersey. In that role, she worked with district and school leaders and community stakeholders to build a family-friendly single application for pre-K through 12th grade schools across all school sectors. She started her career teaching mathematics at Grace King High School in Metairie, Louisiana as a Teach for America corps member. She holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelors in Political Science from Yale University, where she was a Truman Scholar.