Angela Dejene, B.A.Director
Angela (Shubert) Dejene is Executive Vice President at Crosswind Media & PR, the #1 ranked PR agency in Texas and among the top 50 PR firms in the country according to the prestigious J.R. O’Dwyer Company, an online and print news publication covering the public relations and marketing communications fields.
Angela provides communications counsel and support to clients on matters involving corporate branding, senior executive media positioning, crisis communications, employee engagement and thought leadership initiatives.
Angela played a key role on the media relations team that supported Fujifilm through its successful acquisition of Kalon Biotherapeutics, marking an important new chapter in the emergence of the Texas biosciences industry as a center for world-class development and manufacturing of life-saving biopharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Angela was part of the team that provided rapid response Tier One media support for then-CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and a previous director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
In 2016, Angela spearheaded a strategic media relations campaign with the MIT Hacking Medicine team to host a three-day hack-a-thon workshop during the 23rd Annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Angela has secured placements and interviews for senior executives and corporate clients in Tier One and Texas media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Good Morning America, Adweek, Bloomberg, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.
Angela began her career in Washington, D.C. at Families USA, one of the most influential health care advocacy groups in the country. Families USA played a pivotal role in the passage in 2010 of the Affordable Care Act. She was closely involved in stakeholder meetings involving insurers, hospitals, physician and nurse groups, the pharmaceutical industry and business and labor groups. The alliance, led by Families USA, included vocal interest groups ranging from America’s Health Insurance Plans, Kaiser Permanente, American Academy of Pediatrics, Federation of American Hospitals, AARP and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Angela previously represented the National Association of School Nurses in Washington, D.C. where she worked closely with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice.
She advocated on policy issues and legislation ranging from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Public Health and Prevention Fund and the Medicaid “free care” policy. She also worked with bipartisan Members of Congress to write and introduce legislation aimed to increase health care access in schools for our nation’s children.
Angela grew up in Crookston, Minnesota, a town of 8,000 people tucked away in the northwest corner of the state, 100 miles south of the Canadian border. She holds a B.A. with double majors in government/international affairs and journalism from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is married to She is married to bridge engineer Dag Dejene, who works for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).