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Shea McCarthy

Vice President


As a respected lobbyist, health policy analyst, and political operative representing some of Washington’s most influential stakeholders, Shea McCarthy is a seasoned operator in the sphere of federal advocacy. As a Vice President at Thorn Run Partners and a supervisor of the firm’s health policy practice, Mr. McCarthy advises clients on the intricacies of health care policy, develops sophisticated government relations strategies, and has successfully influenced federal laws. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in the health policy field and is frequently cited in leading inside-the-Beltway publications such as Politico, Inside Health Policy, RealClearPolicy, and others.

To successfully move the needle in Washington, 'opening doors' for clients is merely a prerequisite. By offering a deeply coordinated approach to advocacy — combining facets of grassroots engagement, technology, media, and traditional lobbying — Mr. McCarthy helps position stakeholders for success. His experience in this capacity has also been leveraged in the political realm, where he's worked as a Fellow with the Digital Events team for Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign and as the Digital Director for a highly-competitive congressional race.

Prior to joining Thorn Run, Mr. McCarthy served as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) as an expert in health care and food safety policy. He previously served on Capitol Hill in the office of then-Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO).

Mr. McCarthy is highly engaged in the D.C. health policy community as Membership Director of the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals, and he also serves on the Junior Board for Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. Mr. McCarthy received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in Economics and Computer Applications. While at Notre Dame, he served as president of the Economics Club and graduated with honors in economics.