We believe in the power of public and private sector collaboration.

How do I partner with Fuse Corps?

To learn more about hosting a Fellow, please contact our Program Manager, Nora Donaldson, at nora@fusecorps.org.

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City of Sacramento

To pull the region out of the recession and simultaneously improve its environment, Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson created an initiative that leverages the region’s resources to address both the economic downturn and the declining environment by stimulating a sustainable green industry. The ‘green economy’ will create new, stable job opportunities and help address environmental issues. Launched in 2010, the Greenwise Initiative set ambitious goals for the next 8 years, which include doubling the number of Green Jobs, reducing the region’s water usage by 20%, and certifying 10,000 “Greenwise Businesses”. The Fuse Corps Fellow will jump into the project during its early implementation phase, helping to develop plans to make the initiative successful.

Children Now

In California’s fractious political climate, winners and loses on issues are all too often determined by the power and influence of interest groups’ lobbying dollars, campaign contributions, and organized memberships. But the state’s children don’t have an advocate working for them, and this is undermining efforts to improve their health and educational outcomes.  Out of this environment Children Now has formed The Children’s Movement to find common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups and policymakers, who together can develop and drive socially innovative, non partisan approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential. Broadly ranging in type and focus, the more than 100 organizations that currently comprise The Children’s Movement have coalesced around a “what works for kids” platform. In order for them to achieve their goals, they will need to sustain momentum by adding new partners and building coalitions with elected officials.

City of San Jose

In a rapidly changing world, government’s success depends, in part, upon its ability to quickly and intelligently mobilize resources in response to a range of complex problems and opportunities. The City of San Jose is developing the TalentBridge program, a public-private partnership which leverages Silicon Valley’s wealth of talent and innovation to help the City of San Jose advance key strategic goals. TalentBridge identifies and recruits pro-bono, private sector resources to assist City of San Jose employees in tackling interesting, timely and significant projects in order to create a dynamic growing economy. “Business as usual” does not and cannot exist here.

DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) is developing a new model to break down barriers between organizations, building a dynamic network that brings together stakeholders with a common vision and mutual accountability to fight poverty together, putting children’s well-being at the heart of the initiative. DCPNI encourages organizations to collaborate, brainstorm, and share resources and information. Modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, together these organizations will improve child welfare on all fronts: physical and emotional safety, quality education, affordable childcare, and community support.

Governor Jack Markell of Delaware

Delaware was a Phase I winner of the Race to Top initiative that is now a key part of the state’s educational policies which will provide a firm foundation for its children. Under the leadership of Governor Jack Markell, Delaware is at the forefront of education reform. Governor Markell’s goal is to ensure that Delaware’s students are prepared for the increasingly competitive global marketplace. Accomplishing this goal requires more than just a data driven analysis of strengths and current academic performance, but also involves working with the various stakeholders - teachers, parents, students, administrators - and establishing plans to meet or exceed the state’s Race to the Top targets.

City of Richmond

The City of Richmond wants to leverage the power of the internet to make government more open and efficient. Implementing a range of civic technology solutions is central to the City’s strategic focus on “Well-Managed Government”. Successfully introducing these applications will improve customer service and provide equal access to the City’s services and information. Richmond must improve customer service through digital applications to achieve becoming a Tier One City. The City has identified a range of Code for America digital applications that they want to implement, including Aunt Bertha, Captricity, and snapfresh. These civic focused applications are available for the City to use and there is now an immediate need to put them into effect quickly.

City of San Francisco

The City and County of San Francisco is a national leader in its use of technology to improve service delivery, promote civic engagement, and fundamentally change the relationship of citizens and their government. San Francisco’s Gov 2.0 and OpenSF initiatives provide citizens with a wide array of usable open source data that promotes transparency and enhances accountability; opportunities to engage more effectively in dialogue and decision-making with their government; and mechanisms for promoting the timeliness and efficiency of public services. For these benefits to accrue equitably throughout San Francisco, the City seeks to leverage the vast resources from among its technology companies to find an innovative way to extend the benefits of its extensive fiber optic network to the community at large.

America's Promise Alliance

Research suggests that by 2018 two-thirds of all jobs will require a post-secondary education. Yet out of every 100 9th graders, only 18 will complete an associate’s degree in 3 years or a bachelor’s degree in six years. The current economic crisis highlights the challenge - even with high unemployment, jobs are going unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers. The business community is increasingly vocal about American children’s inability to compete in the global marketplace. Founded in 1997, America’s Promise agrees that no child should be without the critical supports they need to be successful. Now the largest cross-sector alliance for young people, they have successfully built momentum to stem the longstanding dropout rate that has limited students’ potential. Businesses are increasingly committed to ensuring that our children can compete with the best students in the world. There is an increasing trend towards the creation of business-led coalitions at the regional, state, and national levels, that harness the power and commitment of individual leaders to have greater collective impact. However, bridging the cultural divide between business and education is a critical challenge for these coalitions to succeed. America’s Promise is ready to create a national network to provide a natural gathering place for these coalitions to convene, for coalitions to promote and highlight their work, as well as to share best practices and ideas.


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What can we do for
your state or city?

Fuse Corps provides opportunities for the country’s most entrepreneurial talent to spend a year working on a high impact/high priority projects focused on areas such as: education, healthcare, technology and workforce development. We are showcasing what can be done with an innovative leader and a new perspective over a one‐year period. Fuse Corps projects not only create immediate impact in the community, but also implement innovative and lasting solutions. We believe in the power of civic entrepreneurship, cross‐sector collaboration and partnerships to achieve sustainable impact.

How does it work?

Fuse Corps works with cities and states to scope a twelve month project that will:

  • Address high impact/high priority social or economic issues in the community.
  • Create efficiencies in local government to make it work better, faster and smarter.
  • Enhance engagement and/or accountability with the stakeholders of the project.
  • Create a space for innovation in the culture of state & local government.
  • Create a framework or prototype that may be replicable in other cities and states.


What do you get when you sign up?

  • A full‐time highly experienced executive fellow to manage and execute your identified project.
  • Through the fellow, access to leading edge design‐thinking, innovation training and cross‐sector collaboration models.
  • You become a part of the Fuse Corps network that includes access to other like‐minded city and state leaders, knowledge leaders such as Stanford and McKinsey & Co., and distinctive cross‐sector forums for idea exchange.


What makes a good placement?

Involvement of key stakeholdersStakeholders across the public, nonprofit and private sectors should already be active in addressing the relevant issues Access to senior leadership Fellowsl report to/interact with senior leadership such as governor, mayor or community coalition leader on a regular basis Demonstrated change mentalityThe host organization must show a demonstrated commitment to initiative that each Corps member will support.
Real responsibilityFellows have a discrete project with real responsibility and deliverables. In many cases they will act as “cabinet-level” appointees and tasked with leading an initiative for a state or city Positive experienceThe host institution will commit to creating a supportive and positive experience for the Fellow, including a work plan outlining the Fellow’s role and specific contributions to the project Replication and Scale We are interested in building solutions that can widely be replicated by other local governments and scaled nationally.>
National issue, local implementation:The issue area the Fellow is working on is a national issue that requires local implementation (e.g., the Race to the Top education initiative)  

“Fuse Corps finds outstanding people to serve as Fellows, and then they continue to deliver by preparing and supporting the Fellows during their service. The skill development and networking opportunities enabled through Fuse Corps have already brought dividends to TalentBridge. We’re very pleased with the leadership training provided.”

Pete Furman, Chief of Staff for Mayor Reed, San Jose