FOCUS

50-state government affairs Regulatory and legislative tracking & reporting

FOCUS is the premier 50-state strategic consulting and information services firm. Specialized services include regulatory and legislative tracking & reporting, coalition & association management, issues management, government affairs department audits, public policy research, and a 50-state and global lobbyist network.

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50 State Regulatory and Legislative Tracking and reporting

Beyond regulatory and legislative tracking, we create a path backed by the industry’s best analysts

FOCUS LEGISLATIVE and REGULATORY TRACKING is the premier legislative and regulatory monitoring service tailored to meet the needs of fast-moving organizations. We give you the tools and information needed to navigate policy landscapes in all 50 states, U.S. Congress, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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Coalition and Association Management

Cohesive advocacy and organized associations

With our experience, network and proven track record, we are the full service solution you need to start a new trade association, manage an industry coalition or improve the effectiveness of an existing government affairs organization.

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Strategic Consulting and research

The insight. The energy. The results.

The FOCUS consulting team includes highly-skilled professionals with decades of government relations experience. We assess public policy issues and their business implications and provide you with the strategic and political context needed to manage key issues and make informed decisions. We partner with top companies or trade associations to build or rebuild state government affairs departments to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Some areas of expertise include:

Public Policy Research & Reports
Building Government Affairs Departments
Government Affairs Department Audits

50-state and global lobbying

Professional Lobbying Network at your fingertips

If your organization needs to deploy strategy on-the-ground, FOCUS provides clients with a free lobbyist referral service that will match your organization with the lobbyist best suited to tackle your issues. We know multiple firms in every state and we directly connect our clients with the best firm. Our FOCUS team also manages The Advocacy Group (TAG), a global network of top-notch lobbyists and public affairs specialists that can help you effectively navigate the public policy challenges you face in every state, the U.S Congress and internationally.

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  • I have worked closely with the professionals at FOCUS for more than a decade and highly recommend the FOCUS team for any organization seeking legislative tracking, multistate issue analysis and coalition and organization management.  The professionalism, talent, creativity and positive attitude of the entire FOCUS Team continues to shine while managing our group, excelling each day and constantly exceeding our expectations.

    - David Smith, Princeton Public Affairs Group.

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  • With our mission to democratize the law, LegalZoom needs to know immediately when a state law changes to ensure we provide the best possible services to our customers.  Leonine FOCUS is an important tool in our efforts.

    - Ken Friedman, Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs - LegalZoom

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  • The National Association of REALTORS® has been working with Leonine FOCUS since 2011. Leonine Focus has created an outstanding customized online database to track our legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts at the federal level. Their attention to detail, diligence, and technical expertise have provided NAR and its members with a one stop solution for our legislative and regulatory tracking needs.

    - Bira de Aquino, Communications Analyst - National Association of REALTORS®

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  • FOCUS’ thorough legislative tracking and user-friendly software -- along with the ability to add additional users and targeted issue areas without added costs -- makes them the right choice for us to partner with. Their analysts filter through thousands of bills and catalog those of interest, and provide weekly written summaries that we can share with our members. I definitely recommend the team at FOCUS.

    - David Christman, Vice President, State Affairs - National Beer Wholesalers Association

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  • Having worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, I’ve used several tracking services. What sets FOCUS apart is their ability to get factual information in real time and to provide that information quickly and correctly. I’ve also found their commitment to customer service to be top notch. If an issue arises requiring assistance, we can actually get someone on the phone immediately and the question is usually handled while on the phone. If it takes more time, we are kept up to date on the progress until it is resolved. They provide a great customer experience and I recommend them highly.

    - Phil E. Hitz, VP/ Managing Director, Government Relations - OneMain Holdings, Inc.

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  • Having worked with the FOCUS team through varying roles in my career, I can attest to their strong team of analysts, unparalleled customer service and comprehensive and user-friendly tracking database. They work directly with my team to make my workload more manageable by learning the details of our issues, joining regular calls and providing a weekly written report that I can share with my members. I highly recommend FOCUS to my peers trying to steer through busy legislative sessions.

    - Christopher Oswald, Vice President of Advocacy - Data & Marketing Association (DMA)

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Meet the FOCUS team

50-state Consulting, Advocacy, Lobbying & Tracking Experts.

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Alexis Sly
Legislative Analyst

Alexis tracks legislative and regulatory activity in all 50 states, primarily focusing on transaction taxes, vehicle finance industry issues and various insurance matters.

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Anastasia Douglas
Senior Policy Analyst & Seasonal Staff Manager

Anastasia Douglas is a legislative and regulatory analyst at Leonine FOCUS, focusing on state and federal issues ranging from transaction and business taxes to environmental issues

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Andrew Gillespie
Legislative Analyst

Andrew Gillespie is a legislative and regulatory analyst at FOCUS, specializing in financial services in all 50 states.

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Dustin Eagar
Legislative Analyst

Dustin Eagar is a legislative and regulatory analyst for FOCUS, specializing in education issues in all 50 states.

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Erika Sweet
Legislative Analyst

Erika Sweet is a legislative analyst at KSE FOCUS, tracking issues concerning the financial services industry in all 50 states.

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Jennifer Estivill
Director of Research & Analysis

Since joining Leonine Public Affairs in 2006, Jennifer has worked as a senior legislative and regulatory analyst with a primary focus on health care issues, and handles a variety of management and organizational tasks for the FOCUS multi-state monitoring and analysis practice.

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Jeremiah Johnson
Director of Technology and Client Services

Jeremiah Johnson is a front-end developer at Leonine Public Affairs, specializing in user experience (UX) design for large-scale web applications.

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Jordan White
Legislative Analyst

Jordan joined the Leonine Public Affairs team in 2012 after previously working with the Vermont Legislative Research Service, where he conducted a diverse array of specialized policy research for various legislators and legislative committees.

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Kelsey Carlson
Manager | State Government Affairs

She works on FOCUS business development and is a legislative analyst on the energy and natural gas team and supports the Internet Coalition.

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Leif Johnson
Partner | President of FOCUS

Leif runs Leonine FOCUS’ Washington, D.C. office, serves as CEO and Managing Director of The Advocacy Group, and manages FOCUS’s 50-state government relations practice, Leonine FOCUS. Johnson is a key player on FOCUS’€™s strategic counsel team helping corporate and trade association clients sharpen their state government affairs operations.

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Robyn Schnaible
Director of Research and Analysis

Robyn is the director of research and analysis, she handles a variety of management and organizational tasks for the FOCUS tracking team.

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Sara Hassard
Legislative Analyst

Sara Hassard is a legislative analyst at FOCUS, tracking legislative and regulatory issues dealing with privacy in all 50 states.

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Scott Mackey
Managing Partner

Scott helps clients design and implement successful strategies in state capitols, especially around state and local tax policies impacting wireless communications and the digital economy.

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Shannon Wheeler
Director

Shannon Wheeler is a legislative and regulatory analyst at Leonine FOCUS and assists in the management of The Advocacy Group (TAG), a 50-state lobbying network.

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Tammy Cota
Director of Policy

Tammy currently serves as executive director of the Internet Coalition, a trade association representing internet and e-commerce companies focusing on state public policy to protect and foster the internet economy.

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Austin Young
Legislative Analyst

Austin Young is a legislative and regulatory assistant at Focus, specializing in Education issues in all 50 states.

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Ann Brazier
Administration & Technology

Ann Brazier is the business manager at Leonine Public Affairs. She manages all aspects of the firm’s day-to-day finances, administers benefits and payroll for the firm’€™s multi-state operation.

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Ezra Hagerty
Senior Public Policy Analyst

Ezra Hagerty supports clients across a variety of industries by tracking legislative and regulatory developments throughout the 50 states.