During her 24-year career as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kathleen McChesney rose through the ranks to become the Executive Assistant Director – the FBI’s third highest position – where she was responsible for leading seven major FBI divisions. Before joining the Bureau, she was a police officer and detective in Seattle, Washington and was part of a specialized homicide task force that investigated serial killer Ted Bundy, a notorious murderer who was responsible for the deaths of dozens of young women in five states. She is also co-author of Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way (Potomac Books, 2011) and co-editor of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012 (Praeger, 2011).
In 2002 Dr. McChesney was appointed to be the first Executive Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection of the US Catholic Bishops Conference. She established the Church’s national standards to prevent child abuse and worked with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to conduct the only comprehensive research study of the incidence of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. Dr. McChesney became Vice President for Global Security for the Walt Disney Company in 2005 and is now the CEO of Kinsale Management Consulting, a woman-owned firm that provides strategic security services to businesses and not-for profit organizations.
Dr. McChesney has a BS degree in Police Science and Administration from Washington State University, and an MA from Seattle University and a Ph.D. from Golden Gate University in Public Administration. She has published numerous articles on law enforcement topics and has taught courses at Seattle University and the King County Police and FBI Training Academies. She has been honored with the US President’s Meritorious Achievement Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Policing, an honorary Ph.D. from Anna Maria College, and the Hildegard Van Bingen Woman for the World Award. Dr. McChesney serves on several boards and lives in Los Angeles.