If you’re an experienced professional looking for a challenge that engages your personal story and values, and that tangibly improves lives in a community or a social realm, apply to be a FUSE Executive Fellow.
Current Fellowship Opportunities
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 lasting impact.
The City of Los Angeles aims to promote digital equity for its residents. As part of that effort, the Los Angeles Public Library is equipping City employees and Angelenos with the knowledge and assets necessary to bridge the digital divide. The Executive Fellow will support this effort by documenting the City’s digital assets, designing a digital knowledge management system, and planning strategic communications campaigns to connect with unconnected residents.
The City of Durham only has eleven years left in its current waste management contract. In prioritizing investment in green infrastructure, the city has the opportunity to reimagine its approach to this issue and transform it into a more equitable, sustainable system. A FUSE Executive Fellow will help the City Manager’s Office explore a potential model for the future of waste reduction and the circular economy (and the creation of an Ecopark), centering racial equity and community input in its design and implementation.
Nationwide, 100 million people are impacted by medical debt. Los Angeles County (LAC) has adopted a public health approach to reducing financial harm in healthcare systems. As a first step, the Department of Public Health is developing a consortium to monitor and measure the problem and identify opportunities to improve outcomes and reduce harm locally. The FUSE Executive Fellow will guide the development and direction of the consortium.
Nationwide, the vast majority of people with substance abuse disorders do not receive treatment for their addiction. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) is working to enhance access to substance use disorder (SUD) care to address the treatment gap. The FUSE Executive Fellow will map the spectrum of screening, intake, and admissions policies and procedures for the County’s SUD provider network, identify practical approaches SAPC can take to reduce barriers and increase the accessibility of care provided by the provider network, and develop an implementation plan to equip providers across the network.
Recent gains in broadband adoption have narrowed the “digital divide” in Los Angeles, but public investment will be critical to ensure that these gains are sustained and that underserved communities are “future-proofed” for the evolution of connectivity. As numerous public, private, and non-profit entities are poised to bring new “last mile” connectivity opportunities to underserved communities in the coming years, the City is working to construct permanent, publicly-owned “middle and last-middle” broadband infrastructure to support these new investments. The FUSE Executive Fellow will work with the City to build its organizational capacity to carry out a cross-agency business plan to responsibly and sustainably build and manage this public infrastructure for the benefit of these communities and the City as a whole.
Los Angeles County’s diverse population includes a variety of immigrant communities. The Office of Immigrant Affairs seeks to remove language barriers so that all new Angelenos can thrive, no matter what language they speak. The FUSE Executive Fellow will lead the development of a language access toolkit and a strategy for training county departments on the effective utilization of the toolkit. The Fellow will also support county-specific language needs research.
As Covid-19 exacerbates the socioeconomic challenges faced by the most vulnerable Los Angeles (LA) residents, the responsibilities of the LA County Public Defender’s Office (PDO) have only expanded. As this office works to support equitable judicial policies, it requires a data management specialist with a deep understanding of systemic inequalities in the legal system. The FUSE Executive Fellow will lead the build out of a PDO Data Analytics Unit to spearhead various reform-oriented research projects.
The City of New Orleans, LA, is dedicated to reducing climate change impacts through ambitious policy and equitable strategic planning. The FUSE Executive Fellow will partner with FUSE Corps to help develop and implement a strategic plan to equitably electrify both the city’s fleet and residents’ vehicles, thereby drastically reducing carbon emissions and improving environmental justice for historically disinvested communities.
The City of New Orleans, LA is dedicated to reducing climate change impacts through ambitious policy and equitable municipal legislation. The FUSE Executive Fellow will partner with FUSE Corpsto develop and facilitate the approval of new energy use ordinances to benchmark, disclose, and reduce energy use in commercial buildings, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities and health benefits for New Orleans’s businesses and residents.