Local government is responsible for addressing a wide range of pressing challenges with limited resources. Many public officials recognize how much more could be accomplished with the right additional talent. FUSE partners with civic leaders to identify high-priority projects that can be addressed by executive-level fellowships.
After working with our government partners to define the scope of work and deliverables to be achieved by a Fellow, FUSE conducts an executive search to fill each individual role. Our fellows are professionals with 15+ years of private sector experience who are uniquely qualified to develop innovative approaches and produce results. Throughout a Fellow’s tenure, FUSE provides ongoing leadership training developed in partnership with McKinsey & Company, Stanford Institute of Design (d. school) and Smallify. Portions of the training are also available to government employees from our partner agencies.
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Erika Dimmler was a political Producer and Off-Air Reporter at CNN's Washington, DC bureau, covering global news and the White House who became a 2012 FUSE Fellow to pursue her passion and desire to create meaningful change in underserved communities.
Taking on School Lunch and Nutrition in Sacramento
Erika Dimmler was a political Producer and Off-Air Reporter at CNN’s Washington, DC bureau, covering global news and the White House who became a 2012 FUSE Fellow to pursue her passion and desire to create meaningful change in underserved communities. Erika brought together key stakeholders from across the Sacramento region, including city officials, universities, donors, community activists and school districts to build a national prototype for a healthy food and jobs program at the high school level. The program – Edible Sac High – built a school garden and school lunch program that teaches young adults the vital importance of making intelligent food choices, while also developing real world job skills by selling what they produce. Through this innovative program, students also learned leadership skills and the empowerment that comes with assuming responsibility for their well being.
Thomas Houston was a marketing and branding professional who became a 2013 FUSE Fellow to focus on bridging the digital divide. Thomas helped the City of Richmond expand access to social services with the deployment of a web application that consolidates information about free or reduced-fee services in the area.
Laurel Lichty is an international attorney with expertise in global regulatory compliance management and comparative law who became a 2013 FUSE Fellow to focus on solving problems on the ground in the US after many years abroad.
Advancing STEM Education in Delaware
Laurel Lichty is an international attorney with expertise in global regulatory compliance management and comparative law who became a 2013 FUSE Fellow to focus on solving problems on the ground in the US after many years abroad. Laurel worked in the Office of Governor Jack Markell of Delaware where she built the infrastructure to ensure that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education reached every student in the state. Utilizing public-private partnerships as a means for increased leadership and investment, she helped expand support for STEM education in Delaware locally and nationally and catalyzed Delaware as a leader in STEM education.
Sarah Leddy had worked in both the government and non-profit sectors helping organizations plan and fund their programs when she became a 2013 FUSE Fellow to utilize her skills in a new community. Sarah helped promote the “Farm to Fork to Fuel” initiative in Sacramento aimed at closing the energy loop by growing and eating local food and then converting the food waste into energy to power buildings or vehicles. By partnering with non-profit organizations and utilizing private capital, the initiative brought together the community for both economic development and environmental sustainability at the same time.