About

FUSE is a national nonprofit that is working to expand social and economic opportunities, especially for communities that have been limited by a history of systemic and institutionalized racism.

We work in cities and counties because we recognize that the most effective and enduring vision for systems change emerges at the local level by working closely with communities.

Through FUSE’s Executive Fellowship in local government, we provide our regional partners with support to clarify that vision, leadership that is focused on enacting it, and the capacity needed to help achieve lasting change.

FUSE embeds experienced professionals who represent the communities we serve in local government agencies, where they lead strategic projects that achieve specific goals. This work is designed to build on existing initiatives and to accelerate progress by reimagining systems, policies, and programs to better serve every community member.

Our work focuses on issues such as affordable housing and homelessness; workforce training and living-wage jobs; pandemic response and health equity; education reform and digital access; public safety and justice reform; climate resilience and green infrastructure; and more.

We are dedicated to sharing the insights that emerge from this work to inspire civic leaders across the country to think and act differently in their efforts to achieve systemic change and racial equity.

FUSE has worked on over 250 projects in 37 cities and counties across 18 states serving a combined population of 19 million people. The majority of our alumni continue to work in civic leadership and nearly all our government partners return each year with requests for additional projects.

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

Download our 2020 impact report for more details.


Our Projects

We co-designs projects with our government leaders and community stakeholders that have ambitious yet achievable fellowship goals, and focus on increasing equitable access to high-quality jobs, affordable housing, health care, public safety and educational opportunities.

Projects

Our Stories

We share insights from our work to inspire civic leaders across the country to think and act differently in their efforts to achieve systemic change and racial equity. Read our stories here.

Stories

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