Melanie Miller Launches Consulting Firm; Julia Pitcher Worcester Lands New Lobbying Gig

    Melanie Miller, a fixture in Maryland politics and the business world for many years, has established a business development consulting firm to serve clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.

    Miller Partnership Consultants was set up last week to help companies identify growth areas, whether it’s conducting business development assessments, offering advice with external affairs, establishing community engagement, or offering guidance on networking and social media.

    While business development strategies today frequently center on reaching out via mailers, email, or social media, Miller said her firm will instead focus on creating a more human, face-to-face connection — recognizing that COVID-19 has made it difficult to build new businesses and make much-needed connections. The firm will “concentrate on business development through relationship-building.”

    For 15 years, Miller held a variety of marketing positions and other public-facing roles at Comcast. She also worked in the marketing department at BWI Airport and also spent 14 years at her family’s company, BK Miller’s, the grocery and liquor store in Clinton.

    Miller has been a leader in the Maryland Young Democrats and has a wealth of contacts through her father, the late Senate president Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D).

    She says she has already signed her first client: Southland Industries, a California development and engineering firm that specializes in energy resiliency projects.

    Meanwhile, another daughter of a prominent Annapolis figure — who, like Miller, also has a sturdy resume in her own right — has a new lobbying gig.

    Julia Pitcher Worcester announced Monday that she has been hired for the newly created position of director of state government relations for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The foundation, created by the actor and activist, is based in New York and Washington, D.C.

    “I’ll be leading national legislative strategies across the country, coordinating grass roots, and engaging patient advocacy organizations,” Worcester said.

    Worcester is a seasoned lobbyist who teamed for years in Annapolis with her father, J. William Pitcher. More recently, she was PhRMA’s director of state policy and advocacy for the Mid-Atlantic region. She has also done policy work for the Maryland Department of Health and for the General Assembly.

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