Chicago-based Grant Thornton, an IPA 100 firm, has named Robert Shea as the new national MP of its public policy group. Shea will assume the role effective Aug. 1, taking over for the retiring Mary Moore Hamrick.
In his new role, Shea will serve as the firm’s primary liaison with members of Congress, serve as the chair of the firm’s political action committee and represent the firm’s policy positions with the accounting profession’s standards-setters, regulators and other policymakers. He will also retain his existing role as a principal in the strategy practice at Grant Thornton Public Sector LLC.
Prior to his last 10 years with Grant Thornton Shea served for six years as the associate director for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he led an award-winning initiative to measure government programs using its Program Assessment Rating Tool and oversaw programs to implement large-scale personnel reform at the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
“Robert’s sterling credentials and track record improving federal governance make him the ideal person to represent Grant Thornton among policymakers,” says Grant Thornton CEO Brad Preber. “Moreover, he will be a leading voice for the accounting and consulting profession as it helps America surmount the historic disruptions and daunting challenges it now faces.”