San Jose, CA

Building Funding Solution Strategies for Climate Resilience
The City of San José is working on "Climate Smart San José", nine climate strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change on its residents, such as extreme heat, weather, drought, and sea level rise. However, funding for these projects can be challenging to secure.  San José is partnering with... Read more
Cultivating Partnerships for a Sustainable Water Future
Climate change is causing more severe droughts and floods, threatening local water supplies. San José has experienced persistent drought, leading to reduced water supply and increased costs. To address this, the City implemented the "Climate Smart San José" strategy to reduce water consumption, enhance reuse and recycling efforts, and support... Read more
Addressing Residential Displacement Through Tenant Engagement
Between 2010 and 2016, over 500,000 Bay Area residents were at high risk for displacement. These displacements are disproportionately occurring in Latino, Asian, and Black neighborhoods that also experience more overcrowding and poverty than citywide averages. While displacement is a complex market-created phenomenon, San José is taking a leading role... Read more
Ensuring Equitable Access to Career Development through the West San Jose Innovation Zone
The City of San Jose is known as the Capital of Silicon Valley. With a population of just over 1 million, it is the third largest city in California. Given the region’s proximity to cutting-edge technology companies, there is immense potential to offer residents greater exposure to new education and... Read more
Assessing Rent Stabilization to Safeguard Affordable Housing
In a 2017-2018 annual report, only 6 percent of San Jose residents described the availability of affordable housing as “excellent” or “good.” To that end, the San Jose City Council created a Rent Stabilization Program. To ensure the program’s success, Housing Department officials seek to evaluate the program and its... Read more
Implementing a Framework to Achieve Citywide Racial Equity
Nearly 40 percent of the 1 million residents in San Jose were born outside the U.S. While immigrants have high workforce participation rates, many also struggle to access opportunities in education, jobs, and public services. San Jose has prioritized integrating its immigrant populations, as city leadership recognizes the need for... Read more
Designing a Strategy for Community Wi-Fi in San Jose
In San Jose, approximately 40,000 households and 95,000 people lack access to a reliable internet connection. This digital divide presents significant hurdles for underserved communities, preventing them from using the internet for crucial activities like furthering their education, developing career skills, applying for jobs, and accessing healthcare options. San Jose... Read more
Establishing Community-Based Clean Energy Programs
San Jose has been working to become one of the most sustainable cities in the country. As part of that effort, the city established San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE), which offers renewable energy options at competitive prices to residents and businesses. SJCE is also working to develop clean energy programs... Read more
Creating a Bridge to Bring Private Sector Talent to San Jose City Government
Jeremy led the city of San Jose’s efforts to implement the TalentBridge program. Working with the Office of Mayor Chuck Reed in San Jose, Jeremy led the development of San Jose’s first public/private partnership to bring pro-bono talent from city companies to make city services more effective for residents -... Read more
Expanding Out-of-School Education Opportunities for Underserved Families
The San Jose Public Library has been working to increase after-school and summer learning opportunities for children of low-income families. As a FUSE executive fellow, Lauren Hancock launched a technology-based platform that helps San Jose families discover thousands of out-of-school activities. She also strengthened partnerships with key community-based organizations that... Read more
Designing an Innovative Transportation System for Groundbreaking Projects
San Jose’s 1 million-plus population is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent over the next two decades. To prepare for this dramatic growth, the Civic Innovation team in the City Manager’s Office developed its first ever city-wide Internet of Things (IoT) Strategy to build a modern digital infrastructure that... Read more
Ensuring Digital Access and Inclusion for All Communities
Although San Jose currently has a 90 percent connectivity rate among all residents, that number drops to just 70 percent among low-income residents. In an effort to identify digital needs and ensure that all residents have access to affordable online services, the city partnered with FUSE Executive Fellow Dolan Beckel... Read more