Shea McCarthy


A respected lobbyist, health policy analyst, and communications expert representing some of Washington’s most influential stakeholders, Shea McCarthy is a seasoned operator in the sphere of federal advocacy. As a Partner at Thorn Run Partners and lead coordinator of the firm’s multidisciplinary policy team, Mr. McCarthy advises clients on the intricacies of health care policy, develops sophisticated government relations strategies, and has successfully influenced federal laws.

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 technology, grassroots engagement, and communications in tandem with traditional lobbying — Mr. McCarthy and his team of experts actively position stakeholders for success. His experience in implementing campaign-style tactics has also been leveraged in the political arena, where he’s worked on the Digital Events team for Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign and as Digital Director for a highly-competitive congressional race.

Before to joining Thorn Run, Mr. McCarthy worked on Capitol Hill in the office of then-Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO). He is widely regarded as a thought leader in the health policy field, and his analysis has been featured in leading national and inside-the-Beltway publications such as Business Insider, STAT News, Inside Health Policy, Modern Healthcare, Morning Consult, and RealClearHealth.

A highly engaged member of the D.C. health policy community, Mr. McCarthy has served in many leadership roles including as a Board Member for the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals. A D.C. native, Mr. McCarthy received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in Economics and Computer Applications and graduated as a member of the economic honors society.