A note from Sean: since our tenures at National Wildlife Federation did not overlap, I am grateful to the mutual friends and NWF leaders who encouraged Fred and me to connect. Fred and I found a lot of common ground in our "Big 4" consulting experiences, but more importantly a lot of shared passion for helping environmental and social service non-profits achieve their missions more effectively.
Fred Abbey, in his own words:
For over 30 years, I have been a collaborative leader driving organizational change to achieve extraordinary results in growth, productivity and teaming in government, business and non profit organizations. My career spans these sectors and collectively I bring a unique set of experiences to my clients in the health care, social services, and environmental industries.
Early in my career I developed and a managed countywide outdoor recreational programs for developmentally disabled children. That experience led me to a career in public service in the federal policy arena working in a Congressional Office, the Democratic National Committee and in the US Department of Health and Human Services. At DHHS, I coordinated federal policy for reforming the Medicare and Medicaid programs for sub cabinet officials and the Cabinet Secretary. These efforts led to new benefits and cost containment efforts that challenged the hospital, physician and insurance sectors.
With this deep health care and social service commitment and knowledge, I joined Ernst & Young and became a Principal/Partner where I worked in a number of roles serving and supporting client service. My subject matter expertise in analyzing federal regulatory and legislative proposals assisted clients in developing strategies to respond to emerging situations and better serve their communities. Here I developed a strong competency in change management and market strategies to help clients work with ever changing global systems.
A familiarity with and an interest in technology led me to transition to the EY Global Director of Digital Channels. Here I pioneered the firm’s business strategy and operations for client connectivity initiatives. My team created the internet user experiences that led to increased customer intimacy. EY moved from the notion of client service from “an office” to one of a digital connection and led the effort to convert multiple web-based tools into a single dynamic global digital workplace. Overcoming myriad technical and human capital challenges, over 40 country team came together around the globe to provide a seamless service to global companies. My leadership linked and leveraged people, processes, and technology together to achieve substantial ROI and a competitive position for the firm and it’s clients.
I planned an early retirement from EY to return to community-based service and developed a specialization in the environmental sector and sustainability programs. I assisted the National Wildlife Federation in developing and launching a major initiative to foster stewardship in our nation's youth and promote greater conservation.
I have a B.A. in political science and a Master of Public Administration from American University; a certificate of organizational development from Teachers College and a Fellowship in Environmental Negotiations from the University of Virginia. I have also trained in a variety of commercial leadership development models and tools. I am an active volunteer, a certified Virginia Master Naturalist and serve as a Vice President on the Board of the Jewish Social Service Agency of Metro DC.