FUSE is a national nonprofit that partners with local government to help urban communities thrive. We work with cities and counties on a range of issues, including economic and workforce development, healthcare, public safety, climate change, and education.

Our approach centers around an executive fellowship program. We work closely with our government partners to design yearlong strategic projects, recruit experienced leaders to take on those challenges, and provide the ongoing support to help executive fellows achieve their full potential for community impact.

By helping to craft new policy, roll out new public services, and improve existing programs, we allow governments to work better for the people they serve.

Since 2012, FUSE has placed more than 160 executive fellows in over 100 local government agencies throughout the country. More than 50 percent of alumni have continued to work in roles in civic leadership after their fellowships, and 90 percent of our partner government agencies have returned each year with requests to host additional executive fellows.

Watch our video to learn more about the history of FUSE.

Download our 2018, 2019, and 2020 impact reports for more details.

Our Projects

We strive to help build communities where people from all walks of life can afford to live in safe neighborhoods with strong economies, high employment rates and living wages, and have access to healthcare and educational opportunities. Learn more about our projects.


Our Stories

Our biggest opportunity to effect widespread systemic change is by sharing stories of innovative best practices. We hope they will inspire leaders who are reinventing government to imagine the possibilities for themselves. Read more about what we’re learning.