Abby is a Program Coordinator at the Center for Disaster Risk Policy and a PhD Candidate in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, focusing on strategic management and decision-making of public organizations. Her research projects are focused in three areas, which represent a spectrum of interests in the public sector: (1) national security and intelligence analysis strategic management and planning; (2) emergency management strategic management and planning; and (3) veteran strategy. Her fieldwork includes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Education, various veterans service organizations, Chinese domestic travel policies (movement restrictions), effects of climate change on poor coastal cities in Belize cities, gender in disaster communication in Chile, and the activated Florida Emergency Operations Center. She is adept at the qualitative and quantitative analysis of data she gathers and appreciates the role of student researchers in these projects. She has a background in Chinese and political- and socio-linguistics. Abby is also a member of the Virtual Operations Support Team, using social media data to create actionable intelligence in situational awareness reporting.
Abby is involved in local, state, and federal politics, having served on several losing and one winning campaign at each level. She is also very active in the veteran community both at Florida State and across the nation. She has served on the council of Student Veterans of America, and has also served in a consulting role for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education, representing veterans in higher education in policy discussions.Faculty and Staff