Kamal Patel
Ferox Strategies Welcomes Kamal Patel, Former Deputy Chief of Staff to Chairman Mac Thornberry, as Director
January 4, 2021

Ferox Welcomes New Principal Debra Dixon

Ferox Strategies, a 2019 Bloomberg Government top performing lobbying firm, is proud to announce that Debra Dixon, former Chief of Staff to Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), has joined the bipartisan firm as a Principal. Debra brings over twenty years of policy analysis and legislative expertise from Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and K Street to the growing Ferox team.

“I am beyond thrilled and honored to join such a highly regarded lobby firm and accomplished team at Ferox!” said Debra Dixon, Principal at Ferox Strategies. “Ferox has the punch of bigger firms with the hustle and grit of a startup. With such a diverse and noteworthy portfolio of clients, it was an easy decision to join Cristina, Mark, and the rest of the Ferox team!”

As former Chief of Staff to then Rep. Xavier Becerra, Debra’s more than a decade and a half of work on Capitol Hill included supporting the Congressman’s efforts on the Ways and Means Committee, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, House Democratic Leadership and the California Delegation. Debra also learned the ins and outs of the non-profit world at the National Immigration Forum where she advocated for immigration reform, workforce needs, and a path to citizenship. An attorney by trade, Debra bookended her time on Capitol Hill with stints at two federal agencies, serving as Immigration Counsel at the Department of Justice and subsequently as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Education’s Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.

Debra will continue to represent Microsoft who follows her to Ferox and has represented clients in the tech and B2B manufacturing industries. She is an expert at translating legislative and regulatory developments into layperson’s terms and has deep expertise in education policy, international trade, supply chain, tax, and health IT.

“Debra’s impressive resume and vast experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sector will bring tremendous value to our already multitalented and hard-working team,” said Cristina Antelo, Ferox’s founding Principal. “Her outstanding work ethic, hustle, and problem-solving skills will elevate and greatly benefit our clients. She has a deep understanding of the legislative and regulatory process, Capitol Hill politics, federal lobbying, and DC personalities that are all critical for our team’s success. Ferox is thrilled to have her join our diverse team!”

Ferox Strategies has grown significantly in 2021, adding former Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) Kamal Patel as Director and former CHLI Global Leaders Fellow in the office of Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) Marisa Sanchez as a Policy Analyst, to amplify the firm’s bipartisan scope. Ferox has also added seven new clients in 2021 including foreign embassies, a private AI company, a trade association and growing our homeland security practice.

About Ferox Strategies: Ferox Strategies is a boutique government relations firm that takes its name from the Latin word for “fierce,” reflecting the firm’s values of determination, dedication, and aggressive advocacy for our clients. Ferox’s bipartisan team of government relations professionals offers clients decades’ worth of policy and advocacy experience paired with the tenacity of a start-up. www.FeroxStrategies.com

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