2022 was another big year of impact for FUSE and our government partners. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary in 2022 and we’ve rounded up highlights from the year to celebrate the successes, wins, and accomplishments of our alums and fellows. Congratulations to our partners, alums, fellows, and staff for a remarkable year, and we are excited for what’s on deck in 2023!
Fellows in the Field in 2022
City of Atlanta Partners with Faith Leadership to Close Gaps in Affordable Housing
Wesley Myrick initiated neighborhood-specific interventions to prevent low-income residents from being pushed away from historic Black communities.
Two Counties in Texas Deploy Strategy for Equitable Vaccine Access
LA Rolls Out New Green Jobs Transition Strategy
Robert Zardeneta designed and implemented the strategy that creates direct pathways into climate resiliency careers.
Milwaukee Centers Community in Climate Action Planning
Deneine Powell is finalizing a comprehensive Climate and Equity Plan for the City of Milwaukee. Community outreach and engagement have been a significant component of the plan and will be released in early 2023.
Alumni Success in 2022
- $20M Grant Puts FUSE Alum’s Work on the Map. The Foundation for Fresno Unified, led by alum Wendy McCulley (2016-2017) received a $20M donation from MacKenzie Scott. The game-changing donation will have an enormous impact on the students and families in Fresno.
- FUSE Alum Speaks at White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Alum Swati Chandra (2018-2019) discussed the award-winning Great Plates Delivered meals program, which she designed and launched during her fellowship with Los Angeles County.
- Pittsburgh City Council Appoints FUSE Alum as Director of Public Works. Alum Chris Hornstein (2017-2018) has worked with the city since the conclusion of his project.
- City of St. Louis chooses FUSE Alum to lead the City of St. Louis’ new Office of Violence Prevention. Mayor Tishaura O. Jones increased funding for community violence prevention and youth programs. She appointed Wilford Pinkney, Jr (2018-2019) as director.
- Climate & Education Projects in Nashville Expanded as Alums are Hired. Nashville Mayor John Cooper hired Executive Fellows Karin Weaver (2021-2022) and La’Kishia Harris (2021-2022) to continue their work with the City.
Nashville knows firsthand the impactful work of FUSE Corps. Through our partnership with FUSE, we launched a new initiative that will strengthen out-of-school programming for Nashville students and give families a new resource to find activities in their area – a first for our city.Nashville Mayor John Cooper
What’s Next for FUSE in 2023
As FUSE begins our second decade as an organization, hear from our CEO James Weinberg on his reflections on the last 10 years, the future of FUSE, and how you can support us on our mission to increase the capacity of local governments to engage communities, narrow racial disparities, and work more effectively for everyone.
We’re Recruiting for Spring 2023!
Interested in becoming a FUSE executive fellow? We are currently recruiting for 15 fellowship opportunities across Los Angeles, Durham, San José, New Orleans, and Seattle! Our Spring 2023 cohort begins in April 2023 for a 12-month duration. The deadline to submit applications is February 24.
If you are interested in our fellowship program but unable to start this spring, we also accept general applications as we look ahead to recruit for future cohorts. Subscribe to our recruiting newsletter and stay up-to-date on new opportunities.