The Fall 2022 Cohort During Orientation
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Meet the Fall 2022 Cohort: Connecting Their Passion and Purpose To Actionable Change

The Fall 2022 Cohort is excited to connect their passion and purpose to actionable change through their FUSE fellowships. We asked them, “What inspired you about the FUSE fellowship and what do you hope to achieve through your project?” DeWayne Bright, Sr. — Kansas City, Kansas FUSE Project: Economic Sustainability Through Affordable Housing I was … Continued

Summer 2022 Cohort During Orientation
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Summer 2022 Cohort On Helping Communities Achieve Equity

Kristin Vogel — Milwaukee, WI FUSE Project: Implementing a Framework to Advance Racial Equity in Milwaukee County I am inspired by Milwaukee County’s strategic plan commitment and action toward addressing racial inequities to enable the County to become the healthiest in Wisconsin. Through the FUSE fellowship, I aim to be additive to the good work … Continued

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Moving Beyond Traditional Economic Development

As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Daniel Han (2018-19) worked with the City of Long Beach Economic Development Department to provide access to inclusive capital to minority- and women-owned small businesses in low-income communities. He created a comprehensive guide that lists local responsible, affordable, inclusive lenders (RAIL) lenders, their respective loan programs, and the potential advantages … Continued

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Spring 2022 Executive Fellows On Impacting Underserved Communities

Don Purser – New Orleans, Louisiana My motivation is to make a direct impact to the people in the community instead of singularly serving the interest of a large profit-driven international corporation as I have done for most of my career. At this point in my working life, my incentive is to embolden the success of … Continued

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Increasing Economic Opportunities Through a Human-Centered Lens

As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Autumn McDonald (2015-16) worked with the San Francisco Office of the Mayor to help lead a women’s economic empowerment agenda, which included shaping policies and public-private initiatives, as well as designing the Bay Area Women’s Empowerment and Opportunity Summit. The event convened leaders to focus on solutions that would increase … Continued

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Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month comes to a close, FUSE recognizes the large contributions the AAPI community has made throughout the history of this nation. In honor of this month, we are reflecting on the work of our executive fellows and how they are continuing to push the needle forward in the … Continued

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Empowering Underrepresented Small Business Owners

As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Rafael Bracero (2017-18) worked with the Los Angeles Office of Finance to improve how the city communicates its available services to underrepresented small business owners and streamline the registration and permitting processes for L.A. businesses. Rafael is now the Director of Marketing Strategy at MNTN, a performance TV adtech platform. … Continued

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Empowering Young Adults Through Education

As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Patrice Berry (2018-20) worked with the Oakland Mayor’s Office to institute innovations and technology that empower young adults, giving them access to the resources they need to prepare for postsecondary education. In this role, she trained and educated counselors, advisors, students, and families on key resources, helped Oakland launch its … Continued

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From Founder to Accelerator

As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Hua Wang (2018-19) worked with the District of Columbia Office of the City Administrator to help implement an integrated approach to customer service. In this role, Hua initiated the design of a digital platform that simplified access to city services, transformed the way the agency’s employees communicated with constituents, and … Continued

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Leveraging Data to Re-Think Public Safety

As a FUSE Executive Fellow, Dr. Jessica Herbert (2018-20) worked with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, Juvenile Services Division (JSD) to support JSD’s transition within juvenile justice reform. She then led project teams through a strategic planning process to ensure that the agency’s engagement activities—including intake, placement, and transition services—align with its broader mission … Continued