Our Team

Focus Strategies is comprised of a strong team of passionate, experienced individuals committed to ending homelessness through strategic, systems-level work. Amongst our projects and accomplishments, the Focus Strategies team has worked on and completed:

• Performance reports at statewide, CoC, and program levels;
• Homelessness prevention and supportive housing program evaluations;
• County-wide homeless point-in-time counts using research-based designs;
• Homeless system outcome measurement plans and tools;
• Program oversight and monitoring policies and procedures;
• Supportive housing delivery redesign;
• Integrated, multi-agency rapid rehousing and prevention systems; and
• System and project assessments, including recommendations for funding and technical assistance.

Megan Kurteff Schatz, Principal
Megan is the founder and principal of Focus Strategies and responsible for oversight of all consulting engagements. She has fifteen years of experience in the design and development of homeless systems of care, systems change initiatives, use of data for performance measurement, and supportive

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Katharine Gale, Principal Associate
Katharine Gale has 20 years experience as an independent consultant and public sector leader in the field of supportive housing and homelessness. Her work includes conducting community and organizational planning, researching homelessness and its impacts, and developing, implementing and evaluating homeless housing

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Kate Bristol, PhD, Director of Consulting
As Director of Consulting, Kate is responsible for overseeing and leading project management of Focus Strategies engagements, including tracking and managing project milestones, activities, budgets and related client communications. She is also the primary author and editor of many Focus Strategies reports and other publications. She is our in-house resource on federal homeless funding

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Tracy Bennett, PhD, Director of Analytics and Evaluation
Tracy, the Director of Analytics and Evaluation, oversees and facilitates all data-informed planning and evaluation at Focus Strategies. Tracy has assisted in developing California’s analytic approach to documenting the impact certain services have on homeless individuals with mental health issues. She has been instrumental in the statistical analysis associated with extrapolating the PIT data

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Samantha Spangler, PhD, Analytics Consultant
Samantha joined Focus Strategies as an Analytics Consultant in May 2017. Samantha conducts planning, analysis, and reporting activities to support evaluation of project and program performance, and build recommendations for improving data collection and overall system performance. She participates in data analysis activities for many projects and coordinates with clients regarding data collection, analysis, and results.

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Genevieve Williamson, Analyst
Genevieve serves as an analyst for a variety of quantitative analysis and research projects at Focus Strategies. She is skilled in data analysis using Excel and SPSS, as well as conducting trainings and focus groups. Genevieve supports a wide variety of projects, including homelessness data analysis projects and system design and development research. Genevieve earned her Bachelor’s degree in

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Brenna Lyles, Associate
Brenna provides support on a variety of Focus Strategies’ project, producing materials and products for a number of Focus Strategies clients and executing a wide variety of project tasks. She is also responsible for writing reports, conducting research related to homeless programs and systems, supporting data analysis, managing social media, and addressing media-related needs. Brenna has a background in journalism

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Nina Prudhomme, Administrative Analyst
Nina Prudhomme, Administrative Analyst, is responsible for office management, administrative support to the company’s Principal, and project-specific support to the Focus Strategies team. Nina is responsible for preparing reports and documents for publication, as well as handling information requests and coordinates calendars.

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Courtney Jimenez, Analytics Consultant
Courtney joined the Focus Strategies team in February 2017 to assist with critical work in support of Homeless Point in Time Counts. Since then, her role has expanded to provide wide-ranging support to the analytics team. She performs a variety of related tasks, including assisting with data analysis,

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Tim Kurteff Schatz, IT Manager & Website Administrator
Tim has 20 years of experience in designing and maintaining websites, and is responsible for technical support, equipment, supplies, working with vendors, and overseeing administrative tasks. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio and Television

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