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John Legend is reforming local politics

The group is placing 50 fellows — most of whom haven’t worked in government but have some level of experience in policy or change-making — in 11 cities across the nation. The main goal: bring new voices to the table to work on equitable policies for “jobs, housing, education, health and the criminal justice system.” Read the Full Article

Washington Post

Race in America: Giving Voice with John Legend

"And we started HUMANLEVEL with an organization called FUSE Corps, which has been working in cities for a long time, putting fellows into communities, trying to solve problems for the mayor and for the city leaders. And we wanted to have a special focus, thinking about, you know, what we've all been through over the past two years with COVID, with George Floyd, and all these other issues that the nation has been dealing with, but looking at it from a local perspective." Read the Full Article

The Hill

Federal relief won’t help if communities lack the capacity to spend it

"One model for this is the national non-profit FUSE Corps that places highly qualified talent into community based organizations and city halls to provide executive capacity on key strategic initiatives like increasing homeownership in Milwaukee, or building intergenerational wealth in New Orleans." Read the Full Article

The News & Observer

Big change coming to public safety in Durham. How could it affect police, 911 calls?

Durham, NC is partnering with FUSE Corps to rethink public safety to prioritize the safety of the community. The article details these initiatives, including the work that FUSE Fellow Dwayne Campbell is embarking upon to drastically reduce the use of law enforcement in responding to emergency calls. Read the Full Article

Centre for Public Impact

Learning from city leaders: building public infrastructure for all places and future generations

FUSE Executive Fellow LaDonna Gooden is featured in the Centre for Public Impact's recent report featuring case studies of cities building public infrastructure that address racial disparities and inequities. Read the Full Article


First-Of-Its-Kind Website Centralizes Services for Over 3 Million Immigrants in LA County

LA County, home to 3 million immigrants, recently announced the launch of a new online mapping tool aimed at connecting immigrant communities to wraparound services that will help them navigate COVID-19 vaccination and economic recovery from the pandemic. FUSE Executive Fellow Michael Nobleza, with LA County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, worked alongside the U.S. Digital Response to make this project a reality.


City of Oakland Welcomes Four FUSE Fellows to Advance Equitable Recovery and Resilience

The City of Oakland welcomes its first cohort of Equitable Recovery FUSE Fellows, a fully-funded partnership with FUSE Corps to bring in executive-level fellows for one-year projects that promote equitable recovery and resilience.

The New Localism

How Cities Should Get Ready for the Biden Stimulus

Bruce Katz of The New Localism outlines five steps to coordinate federal relief and recovery investments, citing FUSE Corps as a key opportunity for cities to recruit talent and deploy it locally to intensely focus on recovery. Read the Full Article


Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and FUSE Corps Welcome Atlanta’s First-Ever HIV Executive Fellow

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and FUSE Corps announced that Dr. Karterria Finkley will support the Bottoms' Administration's efforts to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


City to Partner with FUSE Corps on Police-Community Relations, Workforce Development and Adult Diversion Programs

The Peduto Administration is partnering with the nonprofit FUSE Corps to host three researchers to work on community-police relations, job opportunities for students, and creating an adult diversion program to help keep residents from entering the criminal justice system.


How The Los Angeles Public Library Transformed Its Leadership Culture

Forbes interviews FUSE Corps fellow, Julie Lamba, who has built out the leadership development program for the Los Angeles Public Library. Read the Full Article

The Atlantic

A Different Kind of Civil-Service Organization

In his most recent article, James Fallows highlights FUSE as an example of an organization that “illustrates the creativity and energy with much of civic-level America in responding to a medical and economic emergency unprecedented in our lifetimes.” Read the Full Article

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