Jeremy Goldberg was an international nonprofit executive who became a 2012 FUSE Fellow to enhance how city government engaged in public-private partnerships in the aftermath of the recent Great Recession.
Forging Innovative Public-Private Partnerships in San Jose and Silicon Valley
Rebecca Foster was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs who became a 2013 FUSE Fellow to focus on community building in her home city. Rebecca led the City & County of San Francisco in exploring innovative financing mechanisms, including a public-private Housing Accelerator Fund and “Pay for Success” as a tool to scale prevention-oriented programs related to homelessness and inter-generational poverty. Since the conclusion of her fellowship, Rebecca has continued to work for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as the Director of Social Impact Investments.
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. Mark will soon reach the end of his fellowship and plans to continue related work in civic innovation.
“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
Last Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee cut the ribbon on a new space that will change the way the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) interacts with teens.
Libraries Aren’t Just About Books Anymore
By Tim Lucas
Profile of FUSE Fellow alum Jeremy Goldberg on Next City.
City Consultant Wants to Create an MBA in Civic Innovation