Press Release, San Francisco, CA (October 29, 2014) – FUSE Corps today announced that James Weinberg has joined the civic innovation focused nonprofit as its new CEO. “James is a proven social entrepreneur who has developed a variety of high-impact organizations focused on cross-sector talent. We are thrilled to have such a widely-respected and experienced leader working to expand the FUSE Corps Fellowship to cities across country,” said Lenny Mendonca, a former Director at McKinsey & Company and the founding Board Chair of FUSE Corps.
Based in Boston, Weinberg will travel to the Bay Area frequently as he leads the national expansion of FUSE Corps. He previously served as co-founder and Chairman of AchieveMission, a management consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofits and foundations improve their capacity for leadership development. Prior to that, he served as the co-founder and CEO Commongood Careers, an executive search firm working to address the unique recruiting needs of the nation’s most entrepreneurial nonprofits. During his tenure as CEO, Commongood Careers placed more than 600 leaders in 200 organizations across 25 states and established itself as one of the social sector’s principal thought leaders on a variety of talent-related issues.
Weinberg is a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and currently serves as the national board chair of Coro. He previously helped lead other boards such as ProInspire, Reimagining Service and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), while also helping to convene the first White House Forum on Nonprofit Leadership. He holds a Master’s of Science in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Tufts University.
“I am deeply honored and excited to join this remarkable team. Over the past several years, I have been inspired by the innovative solutions that FUSE Corps Fellows have developed to address a whole range of pressing civic issues about which I am most passionate. FUSE Corps is an outstanding example of the power of entrepreneurship to drive social change and I couldn’t possibly be more excited to help lead the expansion of this transformative program,” Weinberg said.
To further catalyze the expansion of FUSE Corps, the organization also announced that award-winning author and FUSE Corps co-founder Peter Sims would take-on the role of Chair of the Advisory Board. Mendonca added, “We have asked James and Peter to collaborate on strengthening the role that our outstanding network of Advisors is able to play in guiding our work and connecting us with prospective fellows, hosts, funders and partners around the country.”
About FUSE Corps:
FUSE Corps is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that uses entrepreneurial talent, innovation and powerful networks to spark transformative and replicable change in local government. The program pairs talented, mid-career professionals with visionary mayors and civic leaders to tackle some of the most pressing social challenges across a variety of areas such as education, healthcare, human services, workforce development, environmental issues and civic innovation.
Since its founding in 2011, FUSE Corps has placed 17 Executive Fellows across the country from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Washington DC and Delaware. During this time, our fellows have launched an array of innovative programs ranging from a pro bono talent partnership to connect volunteers from local companies with key city needs, a national prototype for promoting healthy food in schools, a pilot program to reform STEM education, a local coalition around youth investment that generated $25M in supplemental funds for the city, and much more.
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Mariah Sheriff Ray
Director of Strategic Growth, FUSE Corps