Harriet Melvin


Harriet Melvin, a seasoned government and public affairs professional, joined Thorn Run Partners in January 2015 bringing over 25 years experience shaping public policy for a diverse group of leading corporations, coalitions and trade associations. With her extensive experience representing clients before the legislative and executive branches, Harriet is a results-oriented, legislative advocate with experience working in a bi-partisan manner.

Prior to joining Thorn Run, Harriet founded and ran The Capitol Group, a boutique federal government relations shop. Previous to that, she served as a partner for ten years at Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a leading government relations firm. Harriet has a skilled understanding of the private sector having served previously as the Director of Federal Government Affairs for two Fortune 500 companies and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). She began her Washington career on the staff of Rep. Charles Hatcher of Georgia.

Melvin’s professional experience also extends to public affairs. Her expertise includes “inside the beltway” corporate positioning integrating strategic planning, key employee advocacy, and political action committee counsel.

Harriet is active in political circles serving as a founding member of the Government Relation Leadership Forum. She has also served on the executive committee of the VIEW PAC (Value in Electing Women). President Bush appointed Melvin to the Presidential Review Board where she made recommendations for governmental employees to receive the Presidential Rank Award. Melvin has also provided counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as a member of NRCC’s prestigious “House Incumbent Retention Group.”

Melvin is a graduate of the University of Georgia and serves on the Board of the University’s School of Public and International Affairs. She resides in Virginia with her husband and son.