TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ
DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs.
AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a collective voice. AACCNJ advocates for and promotes economic diversity by fostering a climate of business growth through major initiatives that center on education and public policy.
"We are extremely excited about bringing Ferlanda Nixon on board as our chief of policy and government affairs. In this capacity Ferlanda will play a critical role in fostering relations within the public and private sectors on behalf of AACCNJ and its constituency. These engagements and the leveraging of Ferlanda’s unique skills will provide significant value towards furthering the mission of the AACCNJ,” said John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM.
Nixon is founder and chief executive officer of FerlandaTM. Through an array of customized services, Nixon provides total leadership consultancy to businesses, organizations, and individuals in the areas of diversity and inclusion; leadership and professional development; communication, presentation and meeting facilitation skills; event planning; marketing; new business development; and general business strategy and administration. Her services include providing one-on-one coaching, designing and facilitating workshops, delivering motivational speeches, and executing various managerial and leadership functions as needed.
For more than 13 years, Nixon worked in the Office of Communications at Rutgers University-Newark where she helped to identify and manage publicity opportunities that promote the university and its events, initiatives, programs, policies, and constituents. She also served as an adjunct professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers-Newark, where she taught one course on ethics and another on leadership.
Prior to founding FerlandaTM, Nixon practiced corporate law for 18 years – five years at Whitman & Ransom, a midsize Manhattan law firm, and 13 years at CIT Group Inc. (CIT), a leading commercial and consumer finance company. At CIT, Nixon held the position of vice president, managing chief counsel, and assistant secretary. In that capacity, she managed the legal function for five operating business units and supervised a staff of eight professionals consisting of five senior attorneys, two paralegals, and one administrative assistant. She structured sophisticated transactions and advised senior management on issues affecting corporations and financial institutions. For nearly 10 years, Nixon ranked as the highest African-American woman at CIT.
A graduate of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Nixon received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. At Georgetown, she served as an editor of The Tax Lawyer, the official publication of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation.
"I welcome the opportunity to leverage my eclectic experiences as lawyer, communicator, educator, community leader, and entrepreneur to advance the agenda of the Chamber. There is much work to do, and John has assembled an exceptionally talented team to get the job done. It is an honor and a privilege to be included among such esteemed professionals," shared Nixon.