Ben Matranga was an investment officer with the Soros Economic Development Fund who became a 2014 FUSE Fellow to focus on a new, ambitious street safety initiative in his hometown. Ben worked on the City & County of San Francisco’s ground breaking Vision Zero initiative to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2024. He continues to work in the Office of Mayor Ed Lee to direct, coordinate, and communicate this multi-departmental initiative and ensure successful implementation.
Gusti Clark was a seasoned workforce development strategist who became a 2014 FUSE Fellow to continue pursuing her passion for enabling others to succeed. During her fellowship with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) she developed sustainable programs that provide meaningful employment opportunities and ladders for people into viable careers. She established programs that support professional development, apprenticeship training and succession within the agency.
Mark Thomas was a media sector entrepreneur and think tank executive from New York City who became a 2014 FUSE Fellow to pursue his passion for cities, ideas and public engagement in a new community. Mark led the City of Los Angeles in engaging a broad array of community stakeholders in order to develop innovative solutions for cleaning up the streets, increasing neighborhoods economic viability and making Los Angeles a more “livable” place. After his fellowship, Mark became Director of the Operations Innovation Team in the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles.
Tim Lucas was working in the asset management industry as a marketing strategist when he became a 2014 FUSE Fellow to pursue his passion for public libraries. Tim worked with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) to implement new technologies and programs aimed at closing gaps in the digital divide. During his tenure, the library was able to launch The Mix at SFPL, a digital media lab and makerspace for Bay Area Teens, and Career Online High School, a fully online high school diploma platform for adult learners. With these programs, the San Francisco Public Library is delivering on its goal to ensure all members of the public have access to 21st century technology.
“FUSE Corps is bringing talent into local government not just to find solutions to problems, but to facilitate culture change within public institutions. This is a model for civic innovation that is needed in communities across the country and is working.”
Dena Trujillo, Director - Human Capital, Omidyar Network, and FUSE Corps Board Member
“FUSE Corps finds outstanding people to serve as Fellows and then they continue to deliver by preparing and supporting the Fellows during their service. The skill development and networking opportunities enabled through FUSE produced substantial dividends for our region.”
Pete Furman, Chief of Staff to Former Mayor Chuck Reed, San Jose, CA
“After spending 13 years as an entrepreneur in the private sector, FUSE Corps gave me the opportunity to have a different kind of impact. I jumped into the public sector with an assignment at the California Department of Education and brought a new approach to their work on education technology. The training and coaching FUSE provided helped ensure my success.”
Karen Holst, 2014-2015 FUSE Fellow
"FUSE Corps has figured out how to create an extraordinary fellowship program to address complex public management problems. After a successful inaugural year, the City of Los Angeles is excited to expand our partnership with FUSE Corps on a range of high priority projects."
Robin Engel, Assistant City Administrative Officer, City of Los Angeles
“Our Fellows’ extensive private sector experience and strong business acumen have inspired me and other leaders within San Francisco to look at new approaches to solving long-standing challenges. We’ve achieved more on the projects than we thought possible and we look to our FUSE Fellows as valuable colleagues.”
Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Mayor Edwin Lee, City and County of San Francisco, CA
FUSE Fellow Irene Hsieh is advising Fresno's Water, Energy and Technology Center on how to bring funding and innovation to one of the most crucial agricultural hubs in the United States.
Funding Smart Business Ideas in Fresno
By Sherrell Dorsey
FUSE Board Member, Ayesha Khanna discusses how FUSE is helping to move solutions from "on paper" to "on the ground".
Takeaways from New Orleans Entrepreneur Week
By Ayesha Khanna
FUSE Fellows and local governments are working tirelessly to center solutions around California's citizens.
By Nora Rosenthal