Meet the Team
About Tharon Johnson
Tharon Johnson is the founder and CEO of Paramount Consulting Group, a full service, bipartisan government affairs and communications firm based in Atlanta, serving clients in the corporate and political sectors.
A nationally recognized political strategist and trusted community leader, Tharon appears each week on Fox 5 Atlanta’s longest-running public affairs program, “The Georgia Gang” and on 90.1 WABE-FM’s popular “Political Breakfast” podcast, ranked among the top 40 political podcasts nationally.
Tharon advises elected officials at the highest levels of government. Most recently he served as a senior advisor to the Biden-Harris campaign in the battleground state of Georgia. He has served at senior levels of federal, state, and local campaigns, including for President Barack Obama, Congressman John Lewis, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Congressman John Barrow and DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond.
He appears regularly as a key contributor on news shows, including CNN, MSNBC and Atlanta’s WSB-TV, providing timely insights and analysis of political developments at the national, state and local levels. He also is frequently quoted in Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Political Insider blog, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill and other notable publications.
Tharon has received “40 Under 40” awards from both Georgia Trend Magazine and Atlanta Business Chronicle and was named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Georgians” by James Magazine. He was the youngest and first African American to receive the “Campaign Manager of the Year” distinction from the American Association of Political Consultants. In addition to his political honors, Tharon was also awarded the “Unsung Hero Award” by his alma mater Clark Atlanta University for outstanding contributions in Arts & Sciences.
With his astute grasp of not only politics, but economic and corporate climate, Tharon continues to lead his firm to success. Paramount has over a decade of experience providing effective results for clients, from raising the dollars needed to push campaigns over the top, to securing strategic contracts for clients, while keeping them engaged and connected with the community.
Paramount Consulting Group specializes in government affairs, lobbying, campaign strategy and communications. Leveraging deep relationships from across the aisle, the firm supports clients through a variety of complex needs, providing strategic guidance and solutions that drive results.
About Keyoshe Wilson
Keyoshe Wilson is the Executive Director for Paramount Consulting Group, dedicated to supporting the vision, growth, and development of the firm. Before joining Paramount, Keyoshe worked in the legal arena with shareholders and partners in corporate law, entertainment law, and government law and policy. She received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Human Resources with a concentration in organizational leadership. With over 10 years of experience, she’s been able to help cultivate, organize, and build the teams and organizations in which she’s worked.
About Lorie Smith
Lorie is a native Atlantan with decades of experience consulting in politics, public relations, and government affairs. After starting her career in DC on Capitol Hill and doing a stint with the Democratic Party of Georgia, she founded Parrish, Smith Associates in 1991. For many years, she worked as a consultant to Citigroup, The Coca-Cola Company, The Council for Quality Growth and The Atlanta BeltLine. She has also run many city and statewide initiatives such as The Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act and a number of E-splost campaigns.
About Zenobia Haynes
Zenobia Haynes is a first-generation Jamaican American and a proud graduate of Georgia State University. She’s a seasoned political strategist with a track record in campaign strategy and government affairs. From 2017 to 2019, Zenobia devoted her time to both the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Georgia State Secretary of the Senate, actively engaging in the Georgia Legislative Session. In 2020 she assumed the role of Deputy Political Director on the high-profile Senate campaign of Jon Ossoff in Georgia. During the campaign, Zenobia demonstrated her ability to forge crucial partnerships with donors, allies, and surrogates, making her a key player in the campaign's success.
Zenobia's commitment to driving positive change through politics continued with her subsequent role as Political Director for the successful re-election campaign of Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock to the United States Senate. Sen. Warnock’s achievement as Georgia's first African-American senator was bolstered by Zenobia’s strategic contributions to his successful re-election campaign.
Zenobia stands out as a trailblazer in political strategy and government affairs, boasting an impressive portfolio of accomplishments that underscore her dedication to shaping the future of American politics. Her expertise and unwavering commitment to progress make her a driving force in political and government affairs.