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Thayer Surette

Senior Vice President


Thayer Surette joined Thorn Run Partners in March of 2019 bringing a decade of experience in advocacy, coalition building, and strategic partnerships. Ms. Surette provides a deep expertise in convening stakeholders with shared areas of interest and developing impactful third- party engagement strategies to move the needle on clients’ policy priorities.

Ms. Surette brings with her a comprehensive understanding of health policy, as well as a broad network of relationships within the patient advocacy and health policy communities. She has a keen knowledge of the policy priorities of all stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem, having worked closely with academia, patient groups, and industry. 

Prior to joining Thorn Run Partners, Ms. Surette served as the Senior Director of Alliance Development for a nonprofit membership-based organization dedicated to championing medical research both in the public and private sector. In this role she worked closely with the organization’s 400+ members and partners to convene appropriate parties and to develop programs to advocate for a policy and regulatory climate that supports medical innovation.  

Ms. Surette grew up in Hamilton, Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College. She spent several years following college working in nonprofit fundraising in Boston before moving to Washington, DC. Ms. Surette lives in Alexandria, Virginia.