Ms. Hixson is the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, an office within the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). She also serves as FAS’ Northwest-Arctic Region Regional Commissioner and is the governmentwide Professional Services Category Executive, appointed by the Office of Management and Budget in February 2016. In these roles, Ms. Hixson is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of FAS’s professional services and human capital contract programs, governmentwide professional services category management, and supports FAS’ federal agency customers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington with assisted acquisition services, telecommunications, vehicles, and thousands of other goods and services.
Ms. Hixson brings more than 27 years of professional experience in the field of acquisition management to the GSA leadership team. She is known for developing entrepreneurial organizations, collaboration, tackling tough challenges, and leading effective contract and program operations.
Ms. Hixson began her career in Seattle as an intern with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and rose through the ranks gaining experience as a contract specialist and procurement analyst before being appointed as the Director for Commerce Acquisition Solutions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2004, she joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS she led several key acquisition programs and offices including her last as the Deputy Executive Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Procurement Directorate where she led contract operations acquiring technology, construction, facilities management, supplies, and services in support of CBP’s vital border protection mission.
Ms. Hixson holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from American University and received her undergraduate degree from Seattle University. She frequently participates in Government-wide forums to discuss the merits of streamlined and innovative acquisition programs, and has coauthored several articles on these and other subjects. She has served as President of the American Society of Public Administration’s National Capital Area Chapter and Chair of the American Council for Technology’s Industry Advisory Council’s Partners leadership development program.
Ms. Hixson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2007 and has had notable recognition including the 2016 Fed 100, 2015 Coalition for Government Procurement’s Government Savings Award, 2008 DHS CFO’s Budget, Planning and Execution Award, Commerce’s Bronze and Silver Medal awards, and National Performance Review’s Hammer Award.
Ms. Hixson lives in Burien, Washington, with her husband Cory and spends as much time as she can in her home state of Alaska enjoying the great outdoors and time with her extended family.