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 Kurteff-Schatz is the founder and president of Focus Strategies, a national consulting and technical assistance firm dedicated to assisting communities to reduce and end homelessness. Focus Strategies’ mission is to help communities undertake effective change, informed by their own local data and the best learnings from the field,

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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 oversees and facilitates all data-informed planning and evaluation at Focus Strategies. She is responsible for the development of analytic tools and has been instrumental in guiding the evolution of the SWAP suite of tools. Since joining Focus Strategies in 2014, Tracy has also participated in and overseen system analyses, strategic plans, and performance reports in many communities including Seattle/King County, WA; San Mateo

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Kristin Jefferson, Consultant
As a Consultant at Focus Strategies, Kristin oversees and manages various projects for Focus Strategies. She works with our clients to analyze their homeless systems and develop solutions, researches best practices in the field, analyzes information sources, authors reports, and facilitates stakeholder input processes. As a project manager, Kristin is responsible for producing meeting deliverables, as well as delivering quality products on-time and on budget.

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Jaclyn Grant, Consultant
As a Consultant, Jaclyn works alongside communities to identify and implement solutions that will improve the service and system structure of their homeless crisis response systems. Jaclyn engages community stakeholders, researches best practices, authors reports and technical documents, and partners with communities towards the goals they have identified for their projects with Focus Strategies.

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Michael Hatch, Analytics Consultant
Michael joined Focus Strategies in December 2018 after completing his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from American University. Michael brings expertise in health and social policy research and a broad range of analytic experience working in the health and human services fields to Focus Strategies. His primary roles at Focus Strategies includes leading program evaluation projects, assisting in the analysis and interpretation of data

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Genevieve Williamson, Chief Analyst
Genevieve supports a wide variety of analytic projects, with a particular focus on system and program level quantitative analyses using HMIS, program budget, and program inventory information. Genevieve has played key roles in developing and implementing data collection and analysis plans for homeless point in time counts for three communities.

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Brenna Lyles, Senior Associate
As an Associate for Focus Strategies, Brenna provides support on a variety of Focus Strategies’ projects, including producing written materials, products, and communications for Focus Strategies clients; conducting research and analysis of homeless crisis response systems, and homelessness and housing policy; and coordinating project workflow and tasks.
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Linda Ly, Associate
Linda joined Focus Strategies in 2018 as an Associate. She provides support for a range of Focus Strategies projects by conducting research, writing and editing documents, assisting with stakeholder interviews and meeting facilitation. Prior to joining the Focus Strategies team, Linda was a Program Manager who worked on implementing state-mandated energy efficiency programs on behalf of public utilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
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Nina Prudhomme, Administrative Analyst
Nina is responsible for administrative support to the company’s president, office management, and project-specific support to the Focus Strategies team. She prepares reports and documents for publication, handles information requests and coordinates staff calendars, makes all business-related travel arrangements, and manages client insurance requirements.

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Jess Herbert, Analyst
Jess joined the Focus Strategies team in May 2018 as an intern who provides wide-ranging support to the analytics team. He performs a variety of related tasks, including assisting with data analysis,
creating visual representations of data, and producing analytics reports.

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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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