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Jay L. Knott
Executive Vice President of Global Business at Abt Associates, Jay L. Knott oversees all of the company’s business divisions, international operations, reputational capital, global business development, and the company’s subsidiary Abt SRBI. He is a member of the Management Advisory Group. Before joining Abt Associates, Knott was the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director in Jordan, leading one of the largest U.S. economic assistance programs in the world. During early 2010, Knott served as Acting Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs. Jay Knott also served as USAID Mission Director in Mozambique, one of the largest US assistance programs in Africa. He joined USAID in 1988 and worked in a number of leadership roles in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining USAID, Knott worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice focusing on the enforcement of U.S. environmental laws. He was also an attorney at the private firm Fox, Weinberg, and Bennett, where he worked on issues related to the environment and food and drug law. Knott received his B.A. from Yale University in economics, political science, and African studies, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.