The Ferox Team
CRISTINA ANTELO, ESQ – PRINCIPAL
A fierce believer in Thomas Edison’s, “Everything comes to h[er] who hustles while [she] waits,” Cristina Antelo is a founding principal at Ferox Strategies. Cristina has spent more than a decade representing multinational corporations with her trademark hustle at Washington’s best-known government relations firms.
From Wall Street to K Street, Cristina has set herself apart as a trusted advisor, skilled advocate, and effective negotiator who isn’t afraid of long, hard work. She began her lobbying career in 2004, immediately representing Fortune 500 clients at top-ranked, bipartisan government and public affairs firms in Washington, D.C. Her past clients include major chain retailers, spirits companies, national theme and amusement parks, pharmaceutical firms, and nutrition and wellness companies. Her policy areas of expertise include financial services, tax, trade, border security, transportation and infrastructure, and crisis management.
Featured in Washingtonian magazine in “Success Stories of Washingtonians of Latino and Hispanic Descent” and identified as a "Top Lawyer," “Power Player,” and “Most Influential 40 and Under Leader” in other regional publications, Cristina provides insider advice on how public policy is created and communicated. As a founding member and former President of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association and a long stint as the interim CEO of the non-profit Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Cristina has served as both a leader and an advocate, promoting communication, ethics, education, and bipartisanship.
Before transitioning to government relations, in the early 2000s Cristina worked as a Wall Street investment banker and wealth management advisor at major Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan. She also served as a legal fellow with the Senate Democratic Steering Committee, then chaired by former Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Tom Daschle (D-SD).
Today, Cristina is active in charitable work, contributing her business acumen, political savvy, and trademark hustle on the Board of Directors of the CHCI, serving under Chairman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), as well as the board of the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Action Fund supporting conservation of endangered species and habitats. Cristina further serves on the finance committee for the March of Dimes' annual Gourmet Gala, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars boosting maternal and infant health worldwide. Finally, Cristina is also on the Board of Directors for her alma mater, the Brooks School in North Andover, MA, and volunteers with Common Threads, focusing on nutrition education for children.
A native Spanish speaker, Cristina was born in Dallas and graduated from Georgetown University and the George Washington University Law School. She is married with two young daughters, Havana and Brooklyn, who are fiercely loyal to any client that provides toys...or snacks…or anything with glitter.
MARK WILLIAMS – PRINCIPAL
For nearly two decades, Mark has been a seasoned, dynamic, and high-energy congressional Chief of Staff excelling at the intersection of politics, policy, and personalities. He is well-connected and respected across the House, Senate, and Trump Administration. A charismatic and collaborative team leader, Mark is skilled in coalition building, campaign management, and media strategy. He has also played a significant role in 11 winning House races.
As top aide to Congressman Mike Conaway of Texas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mark helped usher passage of the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill. Mark also supported Rep. Conaway when he was handpicked by the GOP Conference to lead the high-profile Intelligence Committee investigation into Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election.
Previously, Mark ran point on policy as Legislative Director for former Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas, a senior member of the Ways & Means Committee, and served as Chief of Staff for former Congressman Todd Rokita of Indiana. Mark also has significant experience working with the Armed Services, Transportation & Infrastructure, Budget, and Education & Workforce Committees under Reps. Conaway, Johnson, and Rokita.
In his spare time, Mark has successfully completed three Ironman triathlons and raised over $40k for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in conjunction with each race. He’s also involved with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and serves as the Head Coach of his son’s youth soccer team. Additionally, he remains a long- standing steering committee member for the Hispanic Republicans of Texas.
LUCIA ALONZO – CHIEF OF STAFF
Lucia Alonzo serves as Chief of Staff at Ferox Strategies, where she leads the firm’s research, analysis, and writing while maintaining a busy schedule advocating for our clients on Capitol Hill. Lucia is tasked with keeping our team on-schedule and on-target while ensuring top-quality daily client service.
Lucia began her career as a constituent services representative in the Kansas City office of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). But soon, she packed her bags and quickly rose through the ranks to become a policy aide specializing in immigration and border security, education and workforce, and government affairs issues in the Senator’s Washington, D.C., office.
A few years later, Lucia then joined the Podesta Group, top-ranked bipartisan government affairs firm, where she again distinguished herself as a top researcher and analyst helping clients and senior staff understand both the legislative and political spheres of Washington. Lucia excels in several sectors including appropriations, immigration and border security, defense and homeland security, transportation and infrastructure, and education and workforce. She is also an experienced Capitol Hill advocate, lobbying on border security, economic development, and nutrition issues.
Lucia serves on the board of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association (HLA), where she serves as the group's spokesperson and leads communications with membership. Lucia holds a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and in her free time enjoys running.
ANA VILLA – POLICY ANALYST
Ana Villa is a Policy Analyst at Ferox Strategies, where she supports Ferox’s clients and executives through research and analysis, as well as managing our various social media platforms.
Ana is a Master of Public Policy graduate with a concentration in Foreign Policy and National Security from The George Washington University. While pursuing her master's degree, Ana was a policy intern at ML Strategies where she reviewed key information from federal legislation and wrote memorandums of briefings, markups, and congressional hearings for clients.
Ana has had various governmental and international affairs experiences such as interning on Capitol Hill for Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA-7), working in Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia's office as a Constituent Services intern, and working at The Carter Center as a Latin America and Caribbean Program intern.
Before coming to D.C., Ana graduated from the University of Georgia with bachelor's degrees in International Affairs and Romance Languages. In her free time, Ana likes to watch old SNL skits, listen to true crime podcasts, and train for half marathons she "forgot" to sign up for.