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Claudia Alarco Alarco

Strategic Engagement Assistant


Claudia Alarco Alarco joined Thorn Run Partners in August of 2018 with significant experience in public service, advocacy, and international politics. At Thorn Run, Claudia is a key member of TRP Engage where she facilitates the firm’s wide-ranging communications, stakeholder engagement, and digital media portfolio.

Claudia began her career at the National Institutes of Health where she successfully championed for the conceptualization and launch of the Health Care Discovery Program, a career pipeline program that exposes high school students to career opportunities that exist within the clinical research realm. Her proposal of this program won overwhelming support from several key leaders at the NIH and received approval for the inauguration of the program from the Director of the Clinical Center, Dr. John I. Gallin, in November of 2013.

In this endeavor, Claudia efficaciously lobbied for the inclusion of underserved and underrepresented high school students in the DC Metro area. Thanks to her exceptional advocacy and support, she was able to establish effective partnerships with several school administrators and collaborate with over 75% of the Departments at the NIH Clinical Center. Her passion and unwavering commitment to this cause ultimately led to an exceptional execution and the well-regarded success of the program’s establishment.

After three years at the NIH, Claudia served the Office of Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) where she worked closely with the Chief of Staff in order to track key issue areas including the notion of presidential allowance, the modernization of school lunch programs, and the commercial trade of elephant ivory.

In 2016, Claudia served at the Obama White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel where she led the confidential vetting of selected candidates for political appointments. In this role, she also managed the logistical execution of Leadership Development programming including Graduate School Seminars and Alumni Panels for high-level presidential appointees.

Claudia, a native of Peru, received a multilingual and multicultural education throughout her upbringing in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Villanova University and received her European Politics Certification from the European School of Political and Social Sciences at l’Université Catholique de Lille in Northern France.