The FUSE Executive Fellowship is an opportunity to develop and implement unique solutions to a community’s most pressing challenges. For 12 months, FUSE Executive Fellows work within local government to bring innovative approaches to a specific project. Each fellowship is designed to leverage private-sector experience to deliver results that have a lasting impact.
The City of Atlanta aims to become the number one city in the country to raise a child. To achieve this goal, key City initiatives need to catalyze resilience – individuals’, families’, and communities’ ability to withstand unanticipated shocks and chronic stressors. The FUSE Executive Fellow will design a strategic action framework to catalyze cross-departmental and cross-sector collaboration on resilience, particularly focused on chronic stressors that exacerbate long-standing equity gaps.
The City of Cleveland aims to boost economic and industrial development by transforming abandoned and blighted properties into commercially and socially active spaces and targeting business expansion and attraction. The City will partner with FUSE to revitalize these areas through equitable redevelopment focusing on job creation, environmental resilience, and community well-being. The FUSE Executive Fellow will develop strategies to help attract and grow businesses, enhance residential and commercial property values, support environmentally sustainable growth, and positively impact local neighborhoods and economies.
New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection employs 6,000 workers who reduce pollution, manage stormwater, and deliver one billion gallons of drinking water to the City’s nine million residents each day. To better serve New Yorkers and enhance the City’s ability to combat the effects of climate change, the Department is launching a Project Management Office that will increase operating efficiency and effectiveness across a wide array of functional areas. The FUSE Executive Fellow will help develop and launch this new office.
New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection employs 6,000 workers who reduce pollution, manage stormwater, and deliver one billion gallons of drinking water to the City’s nine million residents daily. The Department aims to enhance customer communications and public trust by designing and implementing a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. The FUSE Executive Fellow will help lead efforts to develop and test the system, guide its implementation, integrate CRM with existing systems, train employees, and establish best practices for managing these systems throughout a large and complex city department.
The City of Jacksonville, FL, is working to develop climate-resilient infrastructure design standards that anticipate the impacts of climate change and incorporate measures to withstand and adapt to them, especially for historically disinvested communities. The FUSE Executive Fellow will help develop Climate Resilient Design Standards for the City’s Public Works Department, thereby helping ensure all of Jacksonville’s residents have equitable access to safe, reliable, and vibrant public spaces and transportation networks, now and in the future, even in the face of climate-related changes.
The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting is advancing digital inclusion by using its infrastructure, including more than 200,000 street light poles throughout the City, to expand broadband connectivity to historically underserved and under-connected neighborhoods. The FUSE Executive Fellow will develop a strategic plan for the creation of a network management team that will oversee the operations of a rapidly expanding communications network that is publicly owned, open access, and community serving.
Equitable, effective street permitting would allow the City of Los Angeles to facilitate key public safety and environmental law enforcement services. In order to achieve this goal, permit fees must recover the costs associated with these services. The FUSE Executive Fellow will collaborate with StreetsLA to update the permit fee schedule and promote City Council’s approval of the updates.
The Justice, Care, and Opportunities Department (JCOD) takes a multi-pronged approach to diverting justice-impacted individuals from the carceral system by connecting people, families, and communities with resources and services. As a new, innovative leader in justice reform, JCOD must conduct effective outreach across the County’s diverse communities and stakeholders. The FUSE Executive Fellow will equip JCOD with the tools and approaches necessary to leverage visuals and multimedia for impactful communications.
Digital exclusion increases gaps in racial wealth, income, and employment. The City of Los Angeles aims to close those gaps by improving digital equity across all neighborhoods and communities. The FUSE Executive Fellow will develop a strategic plan to advance digital inclusion and equity. In addition, they will implement surveys and community engagement to ensure the plan aligns with residents’ needs and experiences.