Kathleen McChesney

Wednesday, General Session XIII

Kathleen McChesney has held unique leadership positions in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference and The Walt Disney Company prior to establishing Kinsale Management Consulting. She served in many leadership positions in the FBI, heading its field offices in Chicago, Illinois and Portland, Oregon and the FBI’s International Training Academy, before being appointed as an Executive Assistant Director - the Bureau’s third highest position. As an FBI Special Agent, she directed investigations in the areas of organized crime, public corruption and terrorism. As a detective with the King County Police in Seattle, Washington, she specialized in the investigation of homicide and sex abuse cases. As a licensed private investigator, Dr. McChesney has conducted sensitive confidential internal investigations of employee misconduct, theft and fraud. Associates are subject matter experts and former law enforcement executives from federal, state and municipal agencies with extensive experience in risk management, security and crime prevention and investigations.

Dr. McChesney was selected by the United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference to establish and lead a national office for child protection. She developed and oversaw a national compliance mechanism to ensure that all Catholic dioceses complied with civil laws and internal policies relative to the prevention, reporting and response to the sexual abuse of minors. She coordinated a major research study into the nature and scope of the problem of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and has published and lectured frequently on the issue of sexual abuse of minors in youth-serving organizations.

Dr. McChesney is the co-author/co-editor of two books: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis (2012); and Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way (2010). She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, her M.A. in Public Administration from Seattle University and her B.S. in Police Science and Administration from Washington State University.

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