Kyle Sanders

Senior Vice President

Kyle Sanders brings a decade of public service experience to Thorn Run Partners that includes his most recent assignment as a senior aide and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Finance, Banking, Judiciary, and Veterans Affairs committees.

While working for his home-state Senator, Kyle oversaw the office’s economic development, transportation & infrastructure, appropriations, federal grants, and disaster recovery initiatives. This unique policy set allowed him to develop an expansive network of state, local, federal, non-profit, and private sector partners establishing him as a uniquely accomplished convener in Washington. While overseeing the wide-ranging economic development portfolio, Kyle helped numerous private companies navigate nuanced federal roadblocks to crack open hundreds of millions of dollars in private capital investment and thousands of new jobs to the state. While also leading the Senator’s intergovernmental affairs portfolio, he helped local units of government secure billions in federal grant funding and guided them through the all-too-common “bureaucratic pauses” associated with many federal projects. Over the course of his career in public service, Kyle’s results-driven approach to advocacy has earned him a reputation for solving complex problems on behalf of stakeholders of all types.

Kyle’s Hill experience extends beyond his time in the Senate. Since arriving in Washington, he has provided counsel to Representatives John “Judge” Carter (R-TX), Andy Harris (R-MD), and David Rouzer (R-NC). During his time as Representative Rouzer’s Legislative Director, Kyle led the Congressman’s policy team covering issues ranging from judiciary and financial services to transportation and agriculture. Kyle was also integral in the Congressman’s disaster recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Matthew and Florence.

Kyle’s career in advocacy began before he set foot in Washington.  Prior to working on Capitol Hill, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he prosecuted misdemeanor cases in District Court.

Kyle graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina Wilmington earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Philosophy. He obtained his J.D. with honors and is licensed to practice in North Carolina and Washington, DC. He lives in DuPont Circle with his wife, Miriam.