New FUSE Fellow Ready to Help Vallejo

The Times-Herald recently published an article on the exciting work, FUSE Fellow Slater Matzke will be doing with the City of Vallejo.

New FUSE Fellow ready to help Vallejo 


From: Times-Herald

October 21, 2016

For Slater Matzke, who was raised in Northern California, the city of Vallejo has always been near to his heart.

That’s why when Matzke started in late September, as Vallejo’s FUSE Executive Fellow, he was “thrilled” and “honored” to assist the city.

“Vallejo has a rich and unique history and a bounty of opportunities so I see this as a fantastic way to get engaged with the community and help contribute to the positive economic development of the area,” Matzke wrote in an email to the Times-Herald.

During the next 12 months, Matzke will work to improve Vallejo’s image and bring investment opportunities to the city, as a fellow with FUSE Corps.

FUSE is a nonprofit which recruits professionals from the private sector to make “a high impact” in city government.

“We are excited that he is here,” said Andrea Ouse, the city’s community & economic development director. “Slater is a great fit for our organization.”

Matzke’s first priority is to build a database of key development sites in the city, which have trouble selling, or are unique and require special marketing, Ouse said.

She noted the Cooke property, a large piece of undeveloped property not far from the city’s Northgate shopping area, and a parcel of land in South Vallejo at the intersection of Magazine Street and Sonoma Boulevard, as two sites which requires special marketing.

The city is seeking to place a supermarket at that location to alleviate the food desert, and/or have another building constructed for use by students at the California State University Maritime Academy, she added.

Matzke will also work on outreach and marketing to promote the city’s burgeoning craft beverage industry on Mare Island, Ouse confirmed.

According to his bio, Matzke is the founder of a consulting business, which, for the last 10 years, has worked with start-up and growth stage enterprises.

He also served as a business development specialist in Peru, Honduras and El Salvador with the United States Peace Corps.

Matzke’s education is centered around international studies, with a focus on impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and startup venture management.

The Vallejo City Council approved in July the hiring of a FUSE fellow.

Matzke is slated to work 1,780 hours, and be paid from Measure B funds. He will make about $90,000, while FUSE Corps., will received $60,000.

“My mission for the year is to work closely with the various departments of the city and members of the community to create high-impact, equitable, and sustainable products that will contribute to the economic revitalization of Vallejo and the region,” Matzke wrote in the same email. “I also look forward to learning more about the functions of local government and the innovative programs of the city of Vallejo, like the award-winning Participatory Budgeting process.”

As a new Vallejo resident, Matzke said he is focused on meeting with community members, and business “to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of the area in order to help inform my work.”

“I’ll be taking in all that Vallejo has to offer over the coming months, and hope to engage as many people as possible to hear their stories, thoughts and ideas — so feel free to stop me on the street for a chat,” he added.


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