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Tammi Wallace 

Founder and Principal Consultant

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Experience 

Tammi brings a strong combination of strategic thinking, project management and a collaborative mindset 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 where she had oversight for community relations, development, government 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. In addition, Tammi has extensive 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.

Community

Tammi has a 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 LGBTQ Advisory Board.  She was appointed to the City of Houston's Women and Minority Owned Business Task Force.  Tammi is a board member of the Montrose Management District and Co-Founder and Board 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. 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 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 advisor 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

Consultant

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Experience

Michele’s professional experience and community involvement extends to other marginalized and underserved communities and the intersection of her passion for Latino community empowerment, women’s rights and LGBTQ equality bring a unique perspective to her professional and community leadership roles.  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. 

 

During her tenure at the Montrose Center, Michele oversaw fundraising efforts for the agency, including a $5.7 million capital campaign and established the organization’s signature fundraising event.  She worked in the 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 legislative session, Michele worked in the Senate Research Center analyzing proposed legislation and conducting policy research.

 

Community

Widely regarded throughout the Houston community for providing leadership and expertise to a number of charitable and civic organizations, Michele was recognized by the Houston Chronicle in 2018 for her philanthropic contributions. She is Past President and a current board member of Latin Women’s Initiative, Co-Chair of Latino Texas PAC and was recently appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve on the board of the Houston Arts Alliance.

In 2016, Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed her to the Quality of Life Transition Committee and to the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, where she co-chaired the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Awards and served on the Economic Development and Civic Engagement committees. Michele was selected by the American Israel Education Foundation 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.

 

Margaret Mayer, MSW

Consultant

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Experience

Margaret brings thorough understanding of organizational development and community involvement to her work, leveraging her project management and assessment skills to deliver optimal impact. She previously served as Program Development Coordinator of Tony’s Place, a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth and young people, developing new and existing programs based on center needs, resources, logical connections, and reasonable financial parameters. She also served as lead intern for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission – Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, providing consultation support, technical assistance, and training to state departments and stakeholders. Margaret has experience in delivering direct services with the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, within the Harris County Jail – Adult Forensic Unit.

She is the founder of Habibi Hive, providing career coaching and accountability services to individuals seeking to live purpose-driven lives and reach their full potential. Margaret works with The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston in facilitating the financial literacy program RISE!: Your Road to Independence, Success, and Empowerment courses in local area high schools. She is the social work supervisor for the Houston Public Policy Placement Initiative, a program of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.

 

 

Community

 

Margaret currently serves as Dominican Family of Houston Membership Committee Advisor, is a Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Member, and a Houston Groups Psychotherapy Society member. She has previously served as a Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project student mentor, Houston Disproportionality Advisory Committee member, and a Gulf Coast of Texas African American Family Support Conference Committee Member.

 

She is an active volunteer in the local Houston community, as well as a sought-after speaker, presenting in 2018 at the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Conference, Gulf Coast LGBTQ Ally Diversity Summit, Texas Transgender Non-Discrimination Summit, Panel Presenter on LGBTQ Ally ship with The Jung Center, and Panel Presenter at the Houston Diversity Summit.