James Weinberg has been the CEO of FUSE Corps since 2014, following his leadership of several entrepreneurial ventures that all focused on leveraging cross-sector talent to enhance social impact.
James previously served as Co-Founder & Chairman of AchieveMission, a management-consulting firm dedicated to increasing the impact of organizations by improving their capacity for leadership development. Prior to that, he served as the Co-Founder & CEO of Commongood Careers, a retained search firm focused on addressing the unique recruiting needs of the nation’s most entrepreneurial nonprofits. James’ experience also includes having served as the National Development Director at BELL, a tutoring and mentoring program that he helped grow over three years from a $4 million to a $15 million budget; and as the Founding Executive Director of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, where he worked to ensure that children who are homeless have increased access to educational opportunities.
James currently serves as the national board chair of Coro and has served on the boards of groups such as Reimagining Service, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and ProInspire. He also helped convene the first White House Forum on Nonprofit Leadership.
James earned a Master’s of Science in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University, is an alumnus of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Classics from Tufts University, where he graduated summa cum laude. James lives in Boston with his son, Jack.
Nancy Gage joined FUSE Corps in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer (COO). She most recently served at the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel. Nancy was responsible for the recruitment and selection of all Presidential appointees (approximately 5000 positions) including Cabinet Secretaries, agency executives, ambassadors, and board and commission members. Nancy began her Obama Administration service as Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff for Presidential Personnel, where she was responsible for establishing the policies and procedures for the office in the new Administration, including the vetting of candidates, Senate confirmation process and outreach to external stakeholders.
Nancy worked for the 2008 Presidential campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama first as Northeast Political Director, then as Deputy Director for the Democratic National Convention in Denver and lastly as Deputy Director for Battleground States. Earlier she served as Senior Advisor to Senator Tom Daschle at Alston & Bird LLP and on his Senate Leadership staff. She has also worked on several Senate campaigns and for the New York City Bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. Nancy received a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University.
Victoria Salinas is the Director of Programs, leading the development and implementation of all FUSE programs in order to ensure the success of our projects, host agencies, fellows, and alumni. She brings more than 15 years of public sector leadership to her role at FUSE having worked in cities of all sizes, both domestically and internationally, helping communities to recover in the face of climate change, disasters, and socioeconomic pressures.
Most recently, Victoria served as the Chief Resilience Officer and Deputy City Administrator for the City of Oakland, California. In that role, Victoria was responsible for working across departments and local communities to develop Oakland’s strategy to tackle systemic challenges affecting the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems to thrive in the face of chronic stresses and acute shocks.
Previously, Victoria served at the World Bank, FEMA, and the United Nations, where she worked alongside officials at all levels of government to plan recovery efforts following major disasters. She also led federal interagency efforts to develop new policies and programs that now guide disaster recovery in the United States.
Victoria has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Tina Barseghian works with FUSE fellows and public sector partners to drive strategic storytelling efforts as a means to share insights and best practices that every city can learn from, emulate and replicate. Tina is an experienced journalist, writer and editor, and has produced and creative-directed video, audio, and other multimedia communication initiatives.
Previously, Tina was global senior editor at IDEO, leading storytelling efforts across multiple platforms on a range of topic areas, including education, healthcare, public sector, technology and business. Prior to that, she was the founder and editor-in-chief of MindShift, a daily news site about the future of education for NPR and KQED. She also worked as the executive editor of Edutopia, a magazine produced by the George Lucas Education Foundation; as editor-in-chief at O’Reilly Media; and as a travel writer and general assignment reporter for various newspapers and magazines.
Leigh Halverson previously served as Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Development. She was responsible for managing the Mayor’s philanthropic portfolio and numerous public-private partnerships. Leigh engaged with local and national foundations and generated significant private resources to support key City priorities.
Leigh has also worked in the philanthropic sector for almost 10 years, most recently at the Heinz Endowments where she served as Strategic Projects Advisor to the President. Prior to that role, she served at The Pittsburgh Foundation as Special Assistant to the President and CEO, where she helped to manage major initiatives, including Talent City and an executive recruitment and hiring partnership with the City’s new mayoral administration.
Leigh earned her bachelor’s in international affairs and economics from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. After serving with the Charitable Division of U.S. Bank, Leigh also earned a Masters of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on nonprofit management.
Mariah Sheriff Ray most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. She was responsible for the Mayor’s intergovernmental affairs portfolio, including his 2014-2015 Presidency of the US Conference of Mayors and 2014 Presidency of the African American Mayors Association. Mariah also managed Mayor Johnson’s local and national education initiatives and strategic partnerships which led to the establishment of local sites for three national nonprofits – City Year, Teach For America and College Track. Mariah began her career teaching in Chicago Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member, where she taught for three years. Mariah received her B.A. in Economics and International Studies from DePaul University, her M.A. in Teaching from Dominican University, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
As Director of Learning, Kevin designs, develops and implements new learning opportunities for FUSE fellows to maximize impact. Previously, he worked at the Stanford Graduate School of Business LEAD Program in Corporate Innovation, an executive education program. While at Stanford, he also worked for executive education programs including the Corporate Entrepreneur: Driving Innovation and New Ventures and other more customized programs.
Prior to this executive education work, Kevin worked in professional development for more than 10 years as co-founder of Onida Inc., and also worked in investment banking and healthcare services. Kevin served in the U.S. Navy and is a founding member of the Council of Urban Professionals. Kevin earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with a certificate in Public Management. He earned a BA from Morehouse College. And he is currently pursuing a doctorate from the University of Southern California focused on public innovation.
Nicola Clifford is a management consultant who has worked with executive-level clients across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. As a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting, she focused on strategic planning, program management and insider threat. She has managed large teams, performed in-depth analyses around strategic challenges and led change management strategies for a variety of clients. Nicola holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Ashley Stephens, who has been with FUSE since 2015, works with the program team to operationalize all aspects of programs including recruitment, professional development, and fellow and alumni support.
Ashley joined FUSE months after she graduated from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics. At Cal Poly, Ashley worked for the University’s Alumni Association on programs to better connect alumni with the university. She also served as the executive editor of a start-up academic journal and was responsible for the successful production and longevity of what has become a well-respected academic journal at Cal Poly. Upon graduation, Ashley was officially recognized with a series of awards by the university for her outstanding academic performance and significant contributions and services beyond the classroom.
Joseph Lam previously worked as a senior business analyst at Geico with the competitive intelligence team, and as a graduate student intern with JPMorgan Chase corporate responsibility. Joseph is a 2013-14 Fulbright scholar to Munich, Germany, 2011 Gilman scholar to Vienna, Austria, and 2016 Forbes Under 30 scholar with experience across the private, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors. He graduated with a BA in Geography and Urban Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and completed graduate-level coursework in Global Affairs at Rice University.
Lenny Mendonca is a former Director in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. For many years, Lenny led the firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly. His client work was focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Lenny led several McKinsey research efforts. He has written and spoken extensively on globalization, productivity, economic development and competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, regulation, education, health care, financial services and corporate strategy.
Lenny is the Chairman Emeritus of the Bay Area Council, Chairman of the Economic Institute of the Bay Area and vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, Common Cause, California Forward, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, Children Now and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is also a Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Founder and Chairman of FUSE Corps.
He received his M.B.A. and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard College. Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
Jamie Gardner has a passion for unlocking the potential of cross-sector stakeholders to create shared value and realize positive social change. As a tri-sector athlete, Jamie has a focus and expertise in problem solving, innovation capacity building, and scaling products and services (with an emphasis on integrating business technology). Her in-depth experience across the corporate, government and philanthropic sectors instilled in her the value of the growth mindset and the need to create dynamic, innovative solutions to get to the root cause of a problem, to break complex challenges down into small tasks in shorter timeframes and to ultimately solve big problems.
Most recently she is partnering with a variety of organizations to amplify their cross-sector social impact initiatives. Jamie has held senior leadership roles at the Taproot Foundation, IBM’s Business Consulting Services, J.D.Edwards, Ogilvy, Adams & Rinehart, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy. Her clients also span across the sectors including ServiceMaster, Cisco, Salesforce.com, Capital One, Deloitte LLC, Gap Inc., Hewlett Packard, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee for Children and Families, the State of Nebraska, Children’s Defense Fund and Net Impact. Jamie currently serves on the boards of FUSE Corps and is an advisor to the Presidio Institute, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and the Women’s Community Clinic. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Jamie currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and twin sons.
Freda Wang is a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs within the Public Sector & Infrastructure (PSI) Group in the Investment Banking Division. The PSI group cultivates underwriting and advisory relationships with state and local governmental entities, non-for-profit hospital and healthcare organizations, higher education organizations, public power and utility systems, transportation and mass transit agencies, sport franchises and other public projects by assisting them in meeting their short-term and long-term financing needs. The group focuses on origination, structuring and execution of a variety of municipal debt, derivative and public-private partnership transactions across the U.S. Based in New York City, Freda has worked around the country in municipal finance for over two decades, spending most of her time with municipal clients in the east and Midwest. She has focused particularly on cities, having financed a diverse range of infrastructure and economic development projects in Washington, DC, New York City, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Denver among others. The success of many of these transformative projects required close collaboration and innovative solutions among the public, private and non-profit constituents and stakeholders. Freda earned a BA in urban studies with a concentration in economics from Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York.
Since 2002, Dena Trujillo has worked with Omidyar Network’s investees to support their growth and success. Leveraging her considerable experience with the portfolio, Dena leads Omidyar Network’s portfolio learning efforts within the human capital group, providing investees with opportunities to learn from domain experts and peers. Prior to her role in human capital, Dena focused on making investments in online technologies that promote transparency, accountability and trust across media, markets and government. Her expertise includes investing in platforms that allow people to engage more productively with one another and in society. Dena continues to manage investments, including Ashoka, Bridgespan, Endeavor, Donorschoose.org and KaBOOM!
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Dena served as a senior consultant for Ripple Effect Consulting, where she focused on improving the organizational effectiveness of nonprofits. She was also a consultant at Accenture, where she was responsible for change management aspects of large-scale system implementations in the electronics and high-tech industries. Dena earned a B.S. in business management and organizational analysis from Santa Clara University.
Ayesha Khanna is the president of the Civic Incubator, one of the business units of Points of Light Institute. Points of Light is the leading volunteer organization with a mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. Points of Light is organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas through its action networks. The Civic Incubator serves as a catalyst for innovation to put people at the center of change and brings together emerging solutions and new ideas by supporting and launching civic entrepreneurs and early stage ventures, social enterprise, mergers and joint ventures.
Ayesha has worked across sectors and led nonprofit, for-profit and political organizations. She is a co-founder of FUSE Corps, co-led Atlanta Women for Obama in 2008, and served as the finance director for candidate Lisa Borders in the 2010 Atlanta mayoral election. As the chief operating officer of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, she managed a $109 million budget and 240 staff across 13 counties, and as the CEO of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta successfully transformed the 100-year-old organization into the premier, nationally accredited organization for women and girls in the region. She began her career as a senior manager in strategic services at Andersen Consulting LLP (now Accenture) working in industries ranging from technology to consumer products.
She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia. Ayesha has served on various community organization boards and currently serves on the Fort McPherson Local Redevelopment Authority, The White House Project in Georgia and FUSE Corps Board of Directors. She resides with her husband and their daughter in Atlanta.
Wade Rose is Vice President of External & Government Relations for Dignity Health. Based in San Francisco, California, Dignity Health is the largest hospital provider in California and the Western U.S. The Dignity Health network of 40 hospitals, more than 10,000 physicians and approximately 60,000 employees serve a population spanning 22 million people across California, Arizona and Nevada. Annual revenues are approximately $13 billion. Wade is responsible for developing strategic leadership relations between Dignity Health and key external organizations and individuals.
Wade serves on the boards of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, SPUR, MoAD and the San Francisco State Foundation. He also serves as the Dignity Health representative to the Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, San Francisco Committee on Jobs, the California Health Task Force, the Berkeley Health Forum, the Washington D.C. based Partnership for Quality Care and the Commission of State Care Cost Containment. Preceding his involvement with Dignity Health, he served on the staff of Governors (Jerry) Brown and Deukmejian, and was responsible for external relations and development at the UC Irvine and USC schools of medicine.
Miguel A. Santana is the President and CEO of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, a private nonprofit association that manages the nearly 500-acre Fairplex in Pomona. With a mission to build community and strengthen the economy, Miguel’s vision for the Fairplex campus is to create an experiential environment for the community to live, learn, work and play.
Prior to his employment at Fairplex, Miguel was the City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles since 2009, and directed oversight over the City’s $8.1 billion budget. He has more than 25 years of experience managing numerous fiscal, legislative, political, and community issues. Previously he served as one of five Deputy Chief Executive Officers for Los Angeles County.
Miguel has a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Whittier College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He serves on the Boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, United Way of Los Angeles and Discovery Cube Los Angeles.
Ashley Swearengin is president and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation, which serves the six counties of Central California and has provided more than $100 million in funding to more than 650 community benefit organizations over the last decade.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ashley served as mayor of Fresno from 2009 through 2016. As mayor, she implemented substantial changes to improve the delivery of city services, revitalize the downtown and urban core, promote business and job growth, address chronic homelessness, and stabilize the city’s financial position. Before becoming mayor, she led a number of economic development initiatives in the Fresno region, including the Central Valley Business Incubator, Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development, and the Regional Jobs Initiative.
Ashley holds MBA and BS degrees from California State University, Fresno.
Amelia Warren Tyagi is co-founder and board member of Business Talent Group (BTG), where she serves as President. BTG is an investor-backed, cutting edge, mission-driven human capital solution that’s pioneering an innovative marketplace for top-tier independent professionals. BTG was recently named to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies, and was one of five female-led companies named to Forbes 100 Most Promising Companies.
Since 2010, Amelia has served as Chairman of the Board for Demos, a nationally recognized public policy organization focused on building stronger economy and democracy. Earlier in her career, she co-founded HealthAllies, a venture capital-backed innovative healthcare firm that was later acquired by United Health Group, the second largest health insurer in the U.S.
Previously, Amelia was an Engagement Manager with consulting firm McKinsey & Company. With U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, she is the co-author of two best-selling books on public policy and economics: The Two-Income Trap and All Your Worth.
Amelia holds a BA from Brown University, and an MBA from the Wharton School. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.