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Thorn Run Partners Elevates Shea McCarthy to Partner

January 9, 2023

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2023

Contact: Andrew Rosenberg, (202) 247-6301,

Thorn Run Partners (TRP) ( announced today the elevation of Shea McCarthy to Partner in their Washington, DC office.  Mr. McCarthy, the firm’s 24th partner, has previously served as Senior Vice President at the firm.

McCarthy has been with Thorn Run Partners since its earliest days following a stint on Capitol Hill working for then-Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO). As the firm’s very first employee in 2010, McCarthy has played a major part in every aspect of the firm’s development and ascension into one of largest and highest ranked government relations firms in the city.

A DC-area native who graduated from Gonzaga High School before attending Notre Dame University, McCarthy has built a strong reputation at Thorn Run Partners as a respected lobbyist, health policy analyst, and communications expert who represents some of the firm’s most treasured clients.

Over the span of his career, McCarthy has specialized in the intricacies of health policy and established himself as a highly respected member and thought leader within the federal health policy community, including as an “on-the-record” analyst who’s often featured in leading national and inside-the-Beltway publications such as Business Insider, STAT News, Inside Health Policy, Modern Healthcare, Morning Consult, and RealClearHealth, as well as through leadership roles, including the Board of Directors for the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals. Many of Thorn Run’s clients rely on McCarthy for his knowledge and strategic insights into Medicare coverage policy.

McCarthy is also a key leader within Thorn Run’s strategic communications practice called TRP Engage, where his close ties to the DC press corps and fluency with digital media strategies and tactics have enabled him to function as a uniquely effective stakeholder coalition leader, media strategist, and grass-tops campaign coordinator.

As part of his role as Partner, McCarthy will maintain his current duties as lead coordinator of the firm’s multidisciplinary policy team.

“We are thrilled to have Shea join the partnership ranks at TRP,” said firm co-founder Chris Lamond. “As our partners unanimously agreed, Shea has earned this distinction through over a decade of superlative work for our firm and its clients.”

Firm co-founder Andrew Rosenberg stated, “It is a proud day for all of us TRP to see a home-grown talent like Shea McCarthy rise to our top ranks. He embodies everything we want our firm to be – hard working, team-oriented, and effective.”

About Thorn Run Partners

Founded in January 2010 by veteran lobbyists Andrew Rosenberg and Chris Lamond, who previously served as staffers to Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Fred Thompson (R-TN), respectively, Thorn Run Partners is a full-service, 45-person government relations, policy and strategic communications firm with offices in Washington, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles. It has been recognized as a Top 10 lobbying firm by respected publications including Politico, Roll Call, the HillCongressional Quarterly, and Bloomberg that ranks among the nation’s most creative and effective government relations companies.