EnFocus Strategies, founded by Tammi Wallace, launched in Houston, Texas in 2012. The firm is full-service with core focus areas including public affairs and LGBTQ diversity and inclusion training. EFS has a strong reputation for strategic planning, project management, LGBTQ community expertise and political experience.
Since its inception, EFS has been involved in groundbreaking projects such as Connect Community, an innovative community revitalization project, involving Houston Center for Literacy, KIPP Public Schools, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the YMCA of Greater Houston. EFS supported the Women’s Health Initiative, a cross-sector advocacy health care collaborative, with strategic planning and project management. EnFocus Strategies supported, through communications and logistical planning, the lead consultant tasked with developing the City of Houston’s ten-year long-range financial plan.
Examples of clients include the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH), Harris County Public Health, Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Houston Independent School District (HISD)/Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Spring Branch ISD, Sprint and Tetra Tech.
Founder & Principal Consultant
Tammi Wallace is widely recognized as a strategist and thought partner, working with organizations on strategic counsel and high-quality consulting. Through EnFocus Strategies, she has worked with an array of clients in government, nonprofit and the private sector including one of the largest telecommunications firms in the country and a number of notable nonprofit organizations and governmental entities. Tammi has led transformative projects such as the one of the first public school district and charter school partnerships in the country, strategy development for a women’s healthcare cross-sector advocacy collaborative, and project management/stakeholder collaboration focused on an innovative community redevelopment model involving education, healthcare and housing.
Tammi brings a strong combination of strategic thinking, project management and a collaborative mindset to support clients gained throughout her years of experience. She has diverse talent and experience through her leadership roles in education management, financial services, nonprofit management, political consulting, public policy and management consulting
Before launching EnFocus Strategies, Tammi was the Chief Growth Officer at KIPP Houston Public Schools with oversight for community relations, development, governmental relations, marketing/PR and the overall district growth strategy. Prior to her role at KIPP, Tammi served as Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager to former Texas State Representative Ellen Cohen. She has also served as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Houston Equal Rights Alliance (HERA), a nonprofit focused on voter education, coalition building and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community. In addition, Tammi has over twelve years of experience in the financial services industry where she worked as Vice President for Bank of America/NationsBank, Project Manager at CheckFree Corporation, and Assistant Vice President at Mellon Mortgage.
Tammi has deep history in community involvement and giving back. She is well respected as a local leader in the LGBTQ community where she has been involved in various volunteer roles for over fifteen years. In 2016, she was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve on the City of Houston’s first LGBT Advisory Board. Tammi is a board member of the Montrose Management District and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she serves as a board member and is a past Board Chair for the Hollyfield Foundation, a foundation dedicated to supporting LGBT nonprofit organizations. Tammi is a member of the Victory Fund Campaign Board and she co-chaired the 2015 and 2016 Victory Fund Houston Champagne Brunch, with both years resulting in groundbreaking fundraising records. In 2017, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez appointed her to his Transition Committee with the goal of spearheading recommendations for LGBTQI policies within the department.
In prior years, Tammi has held positions in various organizations including Vice President-Hyde Park Civic Association, Board President-Houston Equal Rights Alliance, Vice President-Houston GLBT Political Caucus, and Board President-Townhouse Manor Homeowners Association. Other volunteer roles include serving as a panelist for the NFL’s Business Connect program during Business Connect Pitch Day, business plan adviser for the Houston Community College (HCC)-Newspring Business Plan Competition and student resume advisor for University of Houston-Downtown College of Business. Tammi is a graduate of Leadership Houston, Class XXVIII.
Michele Leal is a communications and political strategist with over twelve years of experience in the public, nonprofit and corporate sectors. Michele has consulted on campaign planning and strategy for a $26.5 million housing project and has worked with a diverse range of clients from the health care, legal, education, arts and social services sectors. Michele’s expertise includes communications strategy, campaign strategy, governmental relations, project management, copywriting and editing, proposal writing, fundraising, marketing, and public relations.
Prior to beginning her consulting career, Michele was the Director of Development for El Centro de Corazon, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Houston’s East End. Michele was responsible for driving the overall communications and development strategy of a seven million dollar, multi-site community health center. She served as the agency’s governmental and community relations liaison, coordinated with statewide advocacy organizations on legislative strategy and led fundraising efforts.
In addition, Michele oversaw development at the Montrose Center (formerly Montrose Counseling Center), a nonprofit supporting the LGBTQ community, where she directed fundraising activities, including for a $5.7 million capital campaign, and established the agency’s signature annual fundraising event. She worked in the capitol office of State Representative Jessica Farrar during the 78th Texas legislative session, where she handled health care and women’s health policy issues and research. During the 79th session, Michele worked in the Senate Research Center analyzing proposed legislation and conducting policy research.
Michele is actively involved in her local community, providing leadership and expertise to a number of organizations through board service and volunteerism. In 2016, Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed her to the Quality of Life Transition Committee and to the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, where she is co-chairing the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Awards and serves on the Economic Development and Civic Engagement committees. Michele is President of the Latin Women’s Initiative, a 250 + member organization dedicated to empowering and supporting Latin women and children in need, where she has been a Director since 2014 and served as 2015-2016 Community Chair and 2016 Marketplace Chair. In addition, she is Vice-Chair of the Latino Texas PAC. Michele was selected by AIEF as a participant in its Southwest Latino Leaders educational seminar in Israel. She has been actively involved in a number of local political campaigns and, in 2010, served as Campaign Manager and Treasurer for a countywide judicial campaign. In 2004, she worked in Florida, as part of the Kerry/Edwards campaign team and in 2002 was a delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention.
Michele is a member of Women of Wardrobe, a Dress for Success support network. She is the past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Grant Writers’ Network of Greater Houston. In 2012, she moderated a panel discussion at the Texas Women’s Executive Foundation focused on helping organizations maximize the impact of their charitable foundations. Michele is a member of the Junior League of Houston and has volunteered her time with many area non-profit organizations, including Texas Children’s Hospital, the Baylor Teen Health Clinic and Dress for Success Houston.
Margaret Mayer, MSW
Margaret Mayer assists organizations in increasing inter-organization and service user inclusion across race, gender, and sexual orientation. Margaret’s focus includes the planning, identification, and creation of opportunities for training and action.
Margaret most recently served as Program Development Coordinator of Tony’s Place, Tony’s Place is a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth and young people between the ages of 13 and 24 experiencing homelessness or housing insecurities. Tony’s place was developed to serve all individuals in this demographic, while driven on the foundation of providing a safe and inclusive space for those within the LGBT community.
Previously, Margaret worked as lead intern with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission – Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities in Houston. She became a trained facilitator for equity and inclusion workshops. Margaret provided consultation support, technical assistance, and training to state departments and stakeholders. Margaret facilitated workshops designed to take a systems approach to expand equity and inclusion. She has administered trainings to Texas Health and Human Services employees at all levels, educators, students, judges, attorneys, front-line staff, and systems stakeholders across Texas. Margaret has experience in delivering direct services with the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, within the Harris County Jail – Adult Forensic Unit.
Margaret holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (2016), with a Health and Behavioral Health specialization. With this training her work addresses how individuals interact within a variety of systems, how polices and practice affect these interactions, and how to ensure use of a culturally competent lens in organizational development. She received the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award, recognized as “Being the Change.” Margaret is a Clinton Global Initiative – University member.
Margaret currently serves a mentor in the Third Ward, Houston, Texas with the University of Houston Law Center Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project. She also serves as a member of the Houston Disproportionality Advisory Committee. Additionally, Margaret was a round table presenter in 2015 at Policy Conference 2.0 in Austin, Texas speaking on reenergizing policy through the energy of social work students and a panelist at the 2017 Houston Diversity Summit. Margaret volunteers with a number of organizations in Houston, including Houston Groups Psychotherapy Society, Houston Food Bank, and The Gulf Coast of Texas African American Family Support Conference.