Greg Burns


Greg Burns provides expert advice and strategic counsel to local and regional governments on a wide variety of issues. Greg represents clients ranging from large, urban regions to small, rural communities across the United States. Prior to joining Thorn Run Partners in 2018, Greg spent more than 15 years in leading roles at two other lobbying firms successfully representing government entities.

Greg takes a personal approach to client service, tailoring his efforts to each client’s unique needs. He believes it is vital to forge a relationship with clients and spend time getting to know the communities he represents to advocate for their priorities most effectively. This dedication to client service has led clients to refer to him as their “secret weapon in D.C.” Greg has several clients he has represented throughout his entire 20+ year lobbying career, emphasizing his dedication to working as a direct extension of their internal teams.

During his career, Greg has helped clients secure more than $1 billion for their needs as well as deliver policy wins that in some cases dwarf the value of a funded project. Greg successfully helps secure federal funding for local projects, navigate complicated policy issues, and address regulatory or legislative challenges with Congress and federal agencies. He believes that proactive and consistent engagement is essential for driving success.

Before joining Thorn Run Partners, Greg spent a decade as a Vice President at Van Scoyoc Associates. Prior to that, Greg was a lobbyist with another Washington firm for nearly 6 years, helping that firm grow substantially. Before beginning his lobbying career, Greg served on the legislative staff of former Rep. Darlene Hooley of Oregon, where he was responsible for a broad array of issues, and at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group in Washington, D.C.

Greg graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and English. He lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with his family.