Phoenix Strategies Partners With You to Supercharge Your Business Outcomes

Leveraging over 25 years in public policy, political strategy, and corporate government affairs, Phoenix Strategies designs effective programs to mitigate risks, advises on government actions that impact business and industry, and develops coordinated campaigns that will grow business opportunities in the Public Sector marketplace.

Full Lifecycle Government Affairs Approach To Client Service

Government Relations and Advocacy

Strategic Partnerships and Business Development

Strategic Communications

Legislative and Policy Analysis

Industry Branding and Market Shaping Initiatives.

Areas of Expertise

Phoenix Strategies core competencies include direct lobbying and government relations, policy and political strategy, business development, strategic public affairs and branding services. The firm specializes in partnering with Public Sector clients (Federal and State of Maryland), developing procurement policy, and driving growth for innovative firms.

Some of our Clients and Partners

Building Relationships for Effective Business Outcomes

Achieving effective outcomes requires the ability to maneuver the House and Senate, work with Democratic and Republican Members and staff, as well as an intimate knowledge of the policies, programs, personnel and operations of key federal agencies. With over 25 years of experience and relationships, we identify key decision-makers and influencers, develop effective messages, and implement strategies to deliver measurable results for clients.

Commitment To The Highest Ethical Standards

Phoenix Strategies is committed to preserving and advancing public trust and confidence in our democratic institutions and the public policy advocacy process. Each member of the team is committed to personal integrity and is obligated to always act in the highest ethical and moral manner.

Each member of the team shall:

  • conduct lobbying activities with honesty and integrity.
  • conduct lobbying activities in a fair and professional manner.
  • comply fully with all laws, regulations, and rules applicable to the lobbyist.
  • should not continue or undertake representations that may create conflicts of interest without the informed consent of the client or potential client involved.
  • vigorously and diligently advance and advocate the client’s interests.
  • maintain appropriate confidentiality of client or employer information; and
  • exhibit proper respect for the governmental institutions before which the lobbyist represents and advocates clients’ interests.

Our Principal

Nigel Stephens
Nigel StephensFounder and Principal

Nigel Stephens has experience in legislation and public policy, government relations, and public affairs. He has worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, on political campaigns, and in the private sector to drive initiatives around innovation and IT modernization, small business and entrepreneurship, minority business development, modernizing government, and economic development.

Nigel supports businesses of various sizes develop and implement integrated and comprehensive government affairs program including setting strategic direction, brand awareness, market shaping, public policy and advocacy. He serves as liaison between members of Congress, State and Local governments, service and technology industry, regulators and other policy makers.

In addition to his role leading Phoenix Strategies, Nigel serves on the GSA Acquisition Policy Federal Advisory Council (GAPFAC) and the GitLab State, Local & Education (SLED) Advisory Council. Leveraging his political strategy and advocacy experience in his community, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Government Relations Group (WGRG), Anacostia Watershed Society, Boule1904 PAC, and the Krimson PAC.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson University, a master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University, an Executive Certificate in Financial Management from Georgetown University, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).

Vice President and Counsel

Gregory Willis
Gregory WillisVice President and Counsel

Gregory Willis is an experienced and accomplished governmental affairs consultant with over two decades of experience in the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, and in the private sector as a government affairs specialist and business consultant. He has over 20 years of experience in Federal procurement, tax, telecommunications, business development, and cybersecurity policy.

Greg began his public service career in Washington as Speech Writer and Counsel to Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and then became General Counsel and procurement policy advisor to both Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (D-LA) on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He returned to service as the Legislative Director for Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

In the private sector, he served as Counsel and as Vice President for Business Policy for the US Telecom Association and later he helped launch Bridgestage Capital, a full-service business development, investment, and venture brokerage firm. Greg is an alumnus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law.

Senior Vice President

Trey Hodgkins
Trey HodgkinsSenior Vice President

Trey Hodgkins is one of the premier subject matter experts in the areas of acquisition and procurement of innovative IT products and services in the Public Sector. With over 35 years in the Federal, State and Local government arenas, Trey has been an advisor to government agencies and private sector on policies related to information technology hardware, software, services, and solutions acquisition.

A proven leader, Trey has served as the Senior VP of the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector (ITAPS), a division of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), and as a Senior VP of Public Sector at TechAmerica. At both organizations, he led teams of professionals responsible for all advocacy, public policy and business development activities for companies facing the public sector market. For decades, Trey has served as the consistent and effective voice of industry before Congress and the Administration, monitoring and engaging on all legislative, regulatory, and executive branch proposals impacting IT providers, contractors, and procurement policy at the Federal and State & Local levels.

He currently serves as a subject matter expert for the DHS Information and Communication Technology Supply Chain Risk Management (ICT SCRM) Task Group, a Director of the Procurement Round Table, and as Chair of the National Defense Industrial Association Cybersecurity Division.

With extensive experience reaching far into State & Local and commercial sectors, Trey served as a staff aide in the Louisiana State Legislature and as an Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, a Manager of Governmental Affairs at the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, and the Director of Government Relations at the Association of Old Crows.

Trey holds Bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.

The Livingston Group

Strategic Partnerships:
Phoenix Strategies, Inc. is a member of the Livingston Group, LLC corps of Strategic Advisors – a select network of firms and individuals whose specialized skills, knowledge, or relationships complement and enhance their core capabilities. This partnership provides Phoenix Strategies access to a robust network of industry subject matter experts, extensive bi-partisan relationships, and scalability with one of the premier lobbying organizations in Washington D.C.