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Increasing living-wage jobs, workforce training alignment, small business development, AI, and the future of work.

Enhancing Women’s Economic Empowerment
Although women are a vital force within the economy, they are compensated at a significantly lower level than their male counterparts and are continually underrepresented across professions and leadership positions. In response, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland will co-host a regional Women’s Empowerment & Opportunity Summit. Autumn was... Read more
Accelerating Economic Development in Immigrant Communities
Immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners have the potential to create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. However, limited English language skills and educational experience, citizenship status, and other obstacles can make navigating the process of opening or expanding a business especially challenging. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs... Read more
Promoting Economic Opportunity Through Workforce Development
With a booming economy and a variety of thriving industries, the City of Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. But with the flourishing economy have come challenges of rising inequity and income disparities. FUSE Fellow Suzanne Towns partnered with workforce and economic development stakeholders to... Read more
Revitalizing Economic Development Through Marketing and Communications
The City of Vallejo, located just 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, is one of the most diverse cities in the country. After emerging from bankruptcy, the city is working to redefine its role in the region. FUSE Fellow Slater Matzke developed a marketing and communications strategy focused on promoting... Read more
Developing Talent for Operational Excellence
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) strives to be one of the best airports in the world and the top employer in the Bay Area. To help achieve this goal, FUSE Executive Fellow Mark Avnet partnered with SFO to design and implement the SFO People Strategy, a first-of-its-kind strategic roadmap enabling... Read more
Strengthening Accountability With Online Technology
The San Francisco Ethics Commission was established to provide education and enforcement of ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws. FUSE Fellow Gayathri Thaikkendiyil was tasked with developing a plan to redesign and modernize the commission’s website and e-filing project, with the ultimate goal of increasing public engagement and government accountability.... Read more
Enhancing Workforce Opportunities for LAX Neighborhoods
LAX, the world’s busiest airport, is currently engaged in an $8.5 billion capital improvement plan. This seven-year project will generate about 40,000 jobs and provide substantial economic opportunities for construction-related companies and other businesses. FUSE executive fellow Hana Rhee helped develop a strategic plan to engage the community in this... Read more