FUSE Blog

Fall 2021 Fellows Share Their Inspiration and Hopes for Change

December 1, 2021
The Fall 2021 projects launched at the end of October! Recently, the FUSE Executive Fellows shared what inspired them about the FUSE fellowship and what they hope to achieve through their project.… Continued

From Investment Ecosystem Groundwork to Venture Development

November 16, 2021
As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Stacy Cumberbatch (2019-20) worked with the Riverside County Economic Development Agency to develop an Opportunity Zone strategy that would lay the groundwork for an investment ecosystem that could effectively serve the local community.… Continued

Finding Efficient & Cost-Effective Ways to Reduce Energy Load in New Orleans

October 7, 2021
As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Priya Dey-Sarkar (2017-19) worked with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) to reduce its carbon footprint by finding efficient and cost-effective ways to reduce its energy load. She helped increase operational reliability through increasing data visibility, launched risk-prioritized power reliability frameworks, and created safety programs for a complex power and pumping network. Following her fellowship, Priya joined NV Energy as a Senior Engineer in gas distribution and operations.… Continued

Evaluating Pilot Community-Based Policing in Pittsburgh, PA

October 7, 2021
As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Mica L. Williams (2019-20) worked with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to evaluate a pilot community-based policing unit. As part of this work, Mica developed strategic recommendations for improving and replicating the model throughout the city. After her fellowship, she joined Foundation of HOPE, an inter-faith organization offering support services to youths and adults impacted by the criminal justice system.… Continued

Summer 2021 Cohort Details Why They Chose a Year of Impact

September 28, 2021
As our summer cohort sets out on their FUSE Executive Fellowships, they’ve shared their inspiration behind a year of service. Read more: Alli Chagi Starr: The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted everyone, but especially those communities that have been historically and systemically marginalized. As a working, single parent, I experience the financial pressures of balancing childcare

Accelerating Impact and Innovation within Government

July 29, 2021
As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Niles Friedman worked with the State of California to establish an Office of Innovation for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS). Niles went on to serve as a Strategic Advisor with the Los Angeles County CEO’s Office, where he supported the launch of their first Analytics Center of Excellence.… Continued

Bridging Passions for Justice Reform and Entrepreneurship Through Barbecue

June 4, 2021
After his fellowship, Carlos realized his longtime dream of opening a restaurant and catering business—Memphis Mac in Baton Rouge, Louisiana—that employs and trains formerly incarcerated staff, a project that came together with the help of his wife, a former public defender.… Continued

Our Spring Cohort Shares What Motivated Them to Become FUSE Fellows

May 21, 2021
As the FUSE Spring 2021 cohort embarks on their journeys to advance racial equity and ensure a just recovery from the pandemic, they share their personal motivations for becoming FUSE Executive Fellows. Read more.… Continued

Transforming Critical Infrastructure at the National, State, and Local Levels

April 30, 2021
Since his FUSE executive fellowship, Jeremy Goldberg has held leadership roles in three city governments and the State of New York. Read more about his journey to local government, state government, and most recently the private sector.… Continued

Channeling Sisyphus

April 28, 2021
Our newest board member, Miguel Solis, couples a passion for public service with deep expertise in education policy and community-based economic development. Read more about his journey and inspiration into public service.… Continued

Strengthening Higher Education in St. Louis

March 30, 2021
Applying FUSE mindset to strengthen higher education at St. Louis Community College by redesigning systems and practices.… Continued

FUSE Stands with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

March 19, 2021
This week we mourn the lives of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia, six of them, Asian American women. Hate, misogyny, and racism all played a critical role in this attack, which has not yet been designated as a hate crime despite the number of Asian victims and the fact that Asian businesses were targeted.… Continued

Catalyzing Economic Resilience In and Out of Local Government

March 1, 2021
Building climate and economic resilience through an entrepreneurial lens.… Continued

Our Fellows Are Ready to Make an Impact in Cities Across the Country

February 5, 2021
The new winter cohort speaks to what led them to a year of public service.… Continued

Championing Smart Technology in the Fight for Clean Air

January 29, 2021
Empowering L.A. communities suffering from pollution to improve their health and environment with data.… Continued

Addressing Systemic Barriers to Education in Fresno

January 5, 2021
Actively incorporating the voices of students historically left out of the education planning process.… Continued

Meet Our Fall 2020 Fellows

November 19, 2020
Our fall 2020 fellows discuss why they chose to dedicate a year to public service.… Continued

Reimagining the Future of Transportation

November 6, 2020
Co-founding a transportation venture at the intersection of sustainability, technology, and smart cities.… Continued

Addressing the Juvenile Justice System in L.A. County

October 19, 2020
Working to reduce recidivism by bolstering leadership and engaging the community.… Continued

How Legacy Processes Change on Your Watch

September 25, 2020
Concrete steps for changing long-standing processes in government.… Continued

Solutions to Empower Small Business Owners in D.C.

September 1, 2020
Helping underserved entrepreneurs thrive in Washington D.C.… Continued

Bringing Equity to the Forefront of Local Justice Systems

August 18, 2020
Bridging the gap between criminal justice and behavioral health in St. Louis.… Continued

Why Organization Leaders Should Support Employee Self-Care

July 30, 2020
Prioritizing and investing in self-care in the workplace.… Continued

Developing Technology to Make a Broader Impact

July 6, 2020
Rethinking innovation in the education technology space.… Continued

A Networked Model Will Create the Organizational Leaders You Really Need

June 30, 2020
Applying an organizational framework to unlocking leadership potential.… Continued

We Can Work Together. History Tells Me So

June 24, 2020
Perspectives from a FUSE fellow who worked with law enforcement professionals and the Black community they serve.… Continued

A City Innovates for Its Survival

June 22, 2020
While median income and poverty rates point to a larger economic struggle in the face of COVID-19, Fresno is leveraging innovative strategies in its push for progress.… Continued

Communities of Color Should Not Need to Protest

June 16, 2020
Our nation needs to understand how individual acts of racism are a reflection of systemic acts of racism.… Continued

A Purpose-Driven Vocation

May 27, 2020
Creating equity for young people of color through her purpose-driven firm.… Continued

These Changemakers Are Ready for Their Year of Public Service

May 19, 2020
Our spring cohort shares what drew them to a year of impact in local government.… Continued

When the COVID-19 Crisis Hit, Here’s How FUSE Fellows Moved Into High Gear

April 14, 2020
FUSE fellows take on resilience support in health, housing, economic development, and more.… Continued

Social Impact From a Human Resources Lens

March 31, 2020
Working at the intersection of public policy and human resources.… Continued

Expanding Digital Inclusion to Reach Angelenos

March 2, 2020
Providing better access to digital connectivity and literacy training.… Continued

I Am Proof of Both Failure and Success

February 11, 2020
Understanding both individual and community needs to enact sustainable juvenile justice reform.… Continued

Redefining Responsible Development in Washington D.C.

February 3, 2020
Founding his own think tank to pursue poverty reduction through education, public health, and community development.… Continued

Ensuring Everyone in Allegheny County Has a Home

January 23, 2020
Building on innovative problem-solving approaches to prioritize homelessness in Allegheny County.… Continued

Can Government Be Delightful?

January 9, 2020
FUSE alum Hua Wang details key lessons from a year of public service.… Continued

Finding Her Roots From the 45th Floor

December 11, 2019
Pursuing her passion for San Francisco and affordable housing beyond FUSE.… Continued

Taking on the Opioid Crisis

December 11, 2019
Connecting lived experience to professional experiences in order to address the opioid epidemic.… Continued

Why I’m Committing to a Year of Social Impact

October 24, 2019
Learn why these changemakers decided to take on a year of public service.… Continued

Dedicating a Year to Public Service

July 16, 2019
What made these talented professionals switch gears and work with civic organizations?… Continued

How Innovative Government Agencies Use Data to Better Serve Their Communities

May 21, 2019
Sharing innovative insights from San Francisco, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh. … Continued

How Three Government Agencies Are Helping Underserved Communities

February 4, 2019
Helping better serve their most vulnerable residents.… Continued

What It Takes to Lead Transformational Change

January 24, 2019
It takes the right combination of leadership styles and a diverse set of skills.… Continued

How to Design for Catalytic Change in Government

December 5, 2018
What it takes to create a high-impact project that will drive change.… Continued

The Lasting Impact of a FUSE Project

November 7, 2018
Culture change, collective learning, and catalyzing new ways of thinking are a few of the intangible yet valuable outcomes of our fellowship program.… Continued

Why I Chose a Year of Public Service

November 6, 2018
"I could not pass up the opportunity to play a critical role in facilitating change that is so important." … Continued

Increasing Financial Aid Access to Make College More Affordable

August 23, 2018
A bad "customer experience" should not be a barrier to getting a college degree.… Continued

A Tale of Two Maker Cities: What One Silicon Valley City Learned from a Trip to Pittsburgh

August 16, 2018
FUSE fellow Parker Thomas is bringing the maker education lessons he learned while visiting schools and libraries in Pittsburgh to Fremont.… Continued

The Promise of Higher Education for Stockton Youth

January 31, 2018
A $20 million grant is the first step to help get Stockton youth to college.… Continued

Meeting of the Minds: What They Learned

January 10, 2018
Five strategic ways to tackle the most complex challenges.… Continued

Transparency: That’s the Key to Equitable Government

November 8, 2017
The San Francisco Ethics Commission was established to … Continued

The Challenges and Opportunities of Driving Innovative Change

October 26, 2017
It all comes down to people skills. … Continued

Why I Became a FUSE Fellow

October 25, 2017
To make a difference in the lives of others.… Continued

Building Trust Through Transparency

September 22, 2017
Be tactful, democratic, and consistent.… Continued

How to Add Value to Your Team

July 28, 2017
Getting buy-in when you're new to a team.… Continued

Why One Year Is Enough

July 19, 2017
Meaningful improvements can happen in just one year.… Continued

What I’ve Learned About Building Meaningful Connections

June 27, 2017
Hint: Check your ego at the door.… Continued

Eight Smart Ways to Tackle a Big Project

May 23, 2017
A playbook for getting unstuck. … Continued

Furthering California’s Data Efforts

October 14, 2016
When government data are freely available for everyone to use and republish as they wish, they can drive social change.… Continued

FUSE Fellows at CGI America: A Unique Opportunity

July 20, 2016
"Our efforts to support the immigrant communities of Los Angeles, whether from the perspective of an entrepreneur or a naturalizing citizen, are also happening in similar ways in communities across the country."… Continued

Helping San Francisco Youth Succeed in STEM Fields

July 6, 2016
"I realized that all the work I was doing wasn’t just about getting a good return on investment or reaching a certain metric. It was about helping these youth achieve their dreams."… Continued

How to Build an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

April 5, 2016
Civic innovators from three sectors share tools and tips.… Continued

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Fellow

September 9, 2012
Working hand-in-hand providing strategic support and helping to implement this program, Jeremy is at a grass roots level, seeing first-hand how a local government can begin to change the way corporations reach out and...… Continued
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