Erika DimmlerErika Dimmler comes to Fuse Corps with over 16 years of CNN newsroom experience. During that time she has served the nation’s leading news network as a Senior Producer covering stories ranging from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and a myriad of economic stories including G20 summits around the globe and most recently, the 2012 Republican primary race for the White House. Erika’s political background and experience run the gamut. Having covered seminal stories such as the Clinton impeachment trials as well as key moments during the Bush and Obama administrations, she has had a front row seat to Washington’s most impactful political stories: national healthcare reform, government shutdown and the recent repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’. Her duties at the network focused not only on covering the editorial elements of these stories, but also extended to capturing these moments from behind the lens of her camera. When she wasn’t traveling with the President, Erika dedicates much of her time to her insatiable photography habit, downhill skiing, letterpress design and spoiling her Jack Russell terrier, Abigail.
2012 Fellowship Year
Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson - Sacramento, CA
Cultivating and Revitalizing Sacramento’s EconomyWorking alongside the Mayor and his senior staff, Erika will take a senior leadership role in executing the Greenwise Action Plan. Erika will have a high level of ownership over the project, helping to bring the Initiative’s three key components from the planning stage to implementation. Erika will help the city attract new clean technology projects, develop a qualified workforce and help engage the community to buy into the initiative’s sustainability goals. At this stage in the Greenwise Initiative Plan, the engagement and support of key stakeholders across the region is key to its success. Erika will mobilize stakeholders to adopt and deliver on the wide range of goals set forth, working daily with small business professionals, leaders in the green technology, and the community to build the green economy envisioned by the Initiative.
“The environment is a huge issue in California, both politically as well as socially, and being a part of something as progressive as the Greenwise Action Plan, and participating in its growth, is extremely exciting to me. I feel like this project has the potential to not only be incredible for the community, but could also be used as a model throughout the state and country.”
- Erika Dimmler
Jeremy GoldbergOver the past 8 years since graduating from the University of Texas Austin, Jeremy has worked as a non-profit executive, strategic consultant, and public-private partnership advisor on projects ranging in the United States and internationally focused on ICT for development, public health and education. He has lived, worked and traveled in ten countries across four continents. In 2003, Jeremy founded the Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA), an organization that supports community development through sports and microfinance projects in post-conflict regions of East Africa. As Executive Director of the organization, he oversaw all operations, managed an international staff and raised more than half a million dollars and inkind contributions for program activities. He has also consulted for private family foundations developing programs in Africa. For example, he consulted on the launch of a 143-acre development project to construct a school campus in Rwanda. He is a proud alumni of the Socrates Program, Cal-ICMA, MMA of Northern California, SPUR and is conducting research on the California pension system while studying at the University of San Francisco.
2012 Fellowship Year
Office of Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose, CA
Creating a Bridge to Bring Private Sector Talent to San Jose City GovernmentJeremy will lead the city of San Jose’s efforts to implement the TalentBridge program. Working with the Mayor and senior City staff, Jeremy will identify three initial-year projects and develop a plan to implement them. Partnering with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and other private sector partners, Jeremy will recruit pro-bono resources, develop metrics for the project, and design and implement a project and program final report structure. Jeremy will report to Peter Furman, Chief of Staff to Mayor Reed, and will provide strategic support to the TalentBridge program to give it structure and meaning, enhancing its potential to be a long-term effort. Under the direction of a Fuse Corps Fellow, TalentBridge will serve as the recruiting, coordinating, top-level management organization for any Silicon Valley government agency that wants to receive no-cost cognitive problem-solving assistance from the incredible talent pool that exists in Silicon Valley.
“As I see it, there is no better way to determine an answer than to work in city government during some of the most challenging economic and social times our country has ever faced. I look forward to assisting the TalentBridge project as a way of bringing together public and private sector partners to support the city through these immediate challenges, and to help grow something that can become a lasting entity in the city of San Jose.”
- Jeremy Goldberg
Noelle GalperinNoelle A. Galperin is a Senior Strategy & Marketing Consultant with twenty years of operational marketing and general management experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Noelle began her career with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, working for six years in international brand management in New York, Manila and Mexico City. Post-MBA, as the Principal of Galperin & Associates, she has dedicated the past fifteen years to working closely with the CEOs and founders of early-stage companies in a number of operational roles to formulate strategic plans, catalyze business development and create breakthrough marketing communication programs. Deeply committed to international service, Noelle raised $325,000 towards the cause of worldwide polio eradication and led 100 volunteers to the poorest slums of India to vaccinate children for polio. Currently, Noelle is working in Haiti to support the construction of a Trauma Training Hospital in Port-au-Prince.
2012 Fellowship Year
Children Now, Oakland, CA
Building a Movement for ChildrenNoelle will be focused on growing awareness of and participation in The Children’s Movement among organizations in the greater Bay Area. Working in collaboration with Children Now leadership, Noelle will contribute to the development of overall Movement strategy, to the long-range growth of the Movement, and to decisions that operationalize the Movement, such as how to leverage maximum effect of the Movement’s partners in advancing the agenda for children. Within the target geographic area, the Fellow will be responsible for establishing new alliances among groups that support children’s issues, and for fostering a stronger, more influential movement through targeted outreach to and engagement of elected officials. Using a combination of project management, communication and collaboration, Noelle will create a target audience list, create sales/ marketing collateral to reach that list, and engage and maintain key stakeholder and partner relationships. Noelle will additionally leverage initial Bay Area-based philanthropic supporters -- including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation, and the Full Circle Fund – to identify and secure additional funding opportunities to help the Movement scale up to meet long-term goals.
“Collaborating with like-minded individuals to create meaningful social change, not just for the sake of change, but change headed toward a relevant and plausible goal, is what matters to me most. I want to be a part of what is next; on the positive, informed and leading edge."
- Noelle Galperin
Lisa GansLisa Gans is a human rights lawyer and international development specialist. She began her legal career at the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York and went on to work on human rights and development issues around the world with non-governmental organizations including the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Legal Aid Project, The International Rescue Committee, the International Bar Association, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Medica Mondiale, and the International Medical Corps. She specializes in legal and constitutional development, civil society development, women’s rights, refugee issues and international health development, and has worked in Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Swaziland and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She holds a B.A. from Harvard in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Lisa is currently a term member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and a contributor to the Huffington Post.
2012 Fellowship Year
D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative
Uniting Stakeholders to Build a Safe, Healthy, and Educations Life for D.C.’s Children2012 will be the first operating year for DCPNI. Lisa will jump in during the organization’s most formative year, joining the executive leadership team to develop and implement a long-term strategic plan. Lisa will have autonomy over the strategic planning process and be responsible for translating a 20 year vision into a five year plan – a challenge for even the most ambitious entrepreneur. Within the planning process, Lisa will refine the mission and vision, outline a sequenced set of initiatives and accompanying goals, and develop high-level funding strategies. As a member of the senior leadership team, Lisa will be extremely influential in shaping the long-term model and success of the organization during its launch year. Working closely with partners such as JPMorganChase, America’s Promise Alliance, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Urban Institute, Lisa will be main driver of a first-year alliance among the DC Public schools and DC charter schools, and the city’s early child care infrastructure, to reach every child aged 0-5 in the neighborhood. Initial planning and subsequent implementation will incrementally expand the initiative to include health and other social services.
“Education in the U.S. is of paramount importance, and the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative has the potential not only to change the lives of children and their families here in Ward 7, but also to serve as a model for the rest of the country of successful collaboration between community, government, and the private sector.”
- Lisa Gans
Laurel LichtyLaurel Lichty is an international attorney with specialized experience in regulatory compliance management and comparative law. She has advised on anti-corruption, FCPA compliance and anti-money laundering investigations. She previously served as the Ethics and Compliance Manager of an energy and technology conglomerate with 22,000 employees worldwide, managing a compliance program operating in twelve languages in more than 50 countries. She has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for the University of London external program in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the International Law Institute in Washington, DC. She has taught US Contract Law, the US Legal System and International Human Rights Law. She has consulted with the World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Law Institute. She holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, an LLB from City University and an LLM from George Washington University. She is a member of the American Society of International Law and the ABA International Anti-Corruption Committee.
2013 Fellowship Year
Office of Governor Markell of Delaware
Driving Continuous Improvement of Public EducationDelaware has been at the forefront of education reform in America since adoption of its 2015 agenda and was one of only two states to receive the first Race to the Top grants for innovation. The state has brought together the public and private sectors to share ideas and determine the best course forward. Meeting state targets and sustaining continuous improvement requires the identification and pursuit of opportunities for improvement, while creating and implementing innovative ideas. Laurel is leading two strategic projects that focus on public-private partnerships; Directing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Council, and leading the public schools promotion effort, an initiative to communicate both the unique strengths of individual public schools and the overall forward momentum of Delaware's public educational system. Laurel Lichty, works alongside the Department of Education and the Delaware STEM Council to advise the leadership on strategic planning. Ms. Lichty’s role is to strength the infrastructure of the STEM Council and deepen the collaboration between PK-12 education, higher education and the business community. She has been working with Council members to develop and implement systems and routines, identify best practices and ensure successful completion of major STEM initiatives.
"In a shifting global economy, the future competiveness of the U.S depends on preparing the next generation of innovators, engineers, problem-solvers and strategic thinkers. One of the first two states to receive Race to the Top funding, Delaware is committed to preparing young Americans for future global success. Leadership and investment in private and public sector cooperation, data-driven decision-making, and commitment to science, technology, engineering and math excellence provide the promise that Delaware will be an effective incubator for the future of American education."
- Laurel Lichty
Paul ThallnerPaul Thallner is non-profit executive, organizational development consultant, and executive coach. Most recently, he was a senior consultant at Teleos Leadership Institue, a firm that leads companies through complex change. He was previously President of School Performance, an education sector non-profit. He oversaw strategic planning, product/service development, fundraising, program quality, and client relationships. His leadership led to innovative solutions to provide student achievement data to teachers quickly, efficiently, and at low cost. He started his career in Washington, DC researching best practices in education and later was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to lead the development of California's Math and Science standards. He also served in the private sector as a Managing Principal Consultant for BroadVision, Inc's Worldwide Professional Services group, and as a Senior Consultant at K12 Inc. He received a M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where he graduated with distinction. He also holds a M.A. from the College of New Jersey and a B.A. from Gettysburg College.
2013 Fellowship Year
America's Promise Alliance - Washington D.C.
Building a National Network of Business & Education Coalitions to Improve Kids' LivesPaul will work with the senior leadership team at America's Promise Alliance to define, engage, and mobilize a national network of business and education leaders to improve all phases of children's lives from birth through high school. Paul will develop the overall strategic approach and implementation plan for this work and align it to the broader mission of America's Promise -- keeping the five promises America made to all children in 1997: 1) caring adults; 2) safe places; 3) a healthy start; 4) an effective education; and 5) opportunities to help others. In his role leading this project, Paul will meet with business, education, policy, community, and philanthropic leaders around the country to develop innovative ways they can participate in and influence the conversation about children's issues. Because his project intersects with many departments and initiatives at America's promise, he will play a central role in developing internal capacity within the organization to sustain this work. Such capacity-building will include individual and team development, coaching, and rigorous creative problem-solving techniques.
"Everyday, too many American kids start their lives way behind the starting line, have no caring adults in their lives, live in unsafe environments, or drop out of school. In fact, a student drops out of school every 26 seconds...every day. And every day, adults let it happen. The most vulnerable citizens of our society need the grown-ups to step-up to ensure that success doesn't involve such a steep climb out of childhood. America's Promise is the one organization with the credibility, clout, and experience to rally the business, civic, and social sectors to play a more active role in improving the lives of kids at all stages of their lives from infancy through high school. I am thrilled and honored to have a chance to lead this strategic priority for such a prestigious organization, and doubly honored to be making a difference for so many kids."
- Paul Thallner
Christine GuardiaChristine Guardia joins Fuse Corps with over 16 years of cross-sector collaboration experience, including 13 years as a consultant to federal, state, and local government clients, such as the Library of Congress, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and City of New York. While earning her Master of Business Administration degree in public & nonprofit management at Boston University, she worked with organizations focused on early childhood education and summer academic programs to reduce the opportunity gap. Christine also helped launch a website that engages children in causes by forming partnerships with nonprofit, profit-for-purpose, and youth organizations. In addition, she holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and policy studies, as well as her Master of Public Administration degree, from Syracuse University. An avid walker and hiker, Christine has participated in numerous fundraising walks. She coordinated an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer team that raised $10,000, as well as completed three Out of the Darkness Overnight Walks to raise funds for and awareness of suicide prevention.
2013 Fellowship Year
Children Now - Oakland, CA
Inspiring a Movement for Children in CaliforniaBuilding upon the momentum of The Children’s Movement of California, as well as the groundwork of inaugural Fuse Corps Fellow Noelle Galperin, Christine will focus on scaling the Movement in a sustainable manner. Using a combination of her social media savvy, cross-sector collaboration experience, and technology systems background, Christine will focus on leveraging the power of the Movement to advance the Pro-Kid policy agenda for children in California. As the outreach strategy manager, she will pilot a program to engage child-serving organizations from a specific area and help craft proposals for foundations to fund the replication of this effort in other cities throughout the state to sustain the growth of the Movement. In addition, she will work with The Children’s Movement team in reaching out to Movement members to participate in campaigns related to optimizing health care reform for kids, correcting ineffective school discipline practices, fixing the state’s school finance system, and prioritizing investments in early learning and development throughout her fellowship year.
“I am honored to be part of The Children’s Movement of California team to help empower people and organizations that want children’s health and education improved in our state. For too long, public support for children’s issues has been too diffuse to have the impact it should on the state’s policymaking priorities. The Movement’s strategic Pro-Kid approach is changing that.”
- Christine Guardia
Rahul MewawallaRahul Mewawalla has held senior executive leadership roles with Fortune 500 and high growth companies such as Nokia, NBC Universal / General Electric Company and Comcast, Yahoo! and Monitor Group. As Global Vice President and General Manager at Nokia, he worked across $50 billion revenue businesses in connected devices, communications, commerce and services. Previously, he was Vice President at NBC Universal / Comcast and General Electric Company with leading cable networks (CNBC, MSNBC, USA), television (NBC, Telemundo), sports (Olympics, NFL), filmed entertainment and digital businesses. His strategic and operational experiences includes general management, business unit and P&L head, product and operations, innovation, sales and business development, strategy, M&A, and global growth. He has built and managed teams across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. He has been speaker and judge at institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Wharton, Yale, University of California and events such as the Red Herring CEO Conference, Harvard Center for Enterprise and the MIT-Stanford Lab. He has been involved with nonprofit organizations such as the Yale-Goldman Sachs Foundation. Rahul has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
2013 Fellowship Year
Office of the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco
San Francisco as the Innovation Capital of the WorldRahul is Senior Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Innovation for the City and County of San Francisco. He leads the Mayor’s office of innovation’s efforts across broadband, access, wireless and related information and technology services for San Francisco as the innovation capital of the world. Working with the Mayor, senior staff, government agencies and departments, Rahul is engaged across public assets and agencies, private corporations, partners, entrepreneurs, coalitions and communities to help lead the growth and progress of San Francisco into the future.
“As the United States looks to the future and to building long-term competitiveness, innovation is the engine of prosperity and success for all people. This is an opportune time for leaders from the private and public sectors to come together to address and solve our most pressing economic and growth challenges. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve and to help San Francisco as the innovation capital of the world.”
- Rahul Mewawalla
Rebecca Center FosterRebecca Foster has worked as an investment banker in the Public Sector & Infrastructure group at Goldman Sachs for the past eight years. She has raised capital for city and state governments, universities, non-profits, and utilities working in the New York and San Francisco offices. Rebecca’s experience ranges from managing multi-billion dollar debt offerings to prepare Florida for hurricanes to leading financings for unemployment insurance deficits post-recession for Idaho and Colorado. In 2008, Rebecca served as the chief of staff for her department, managing changes to the business’s structure and strategy around the financial crisis. Prior to Goldman, Rebecca worked in urban development consulting at HR&A Advisors, at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and as a river guide. She received her B.A. with honors from Brown, where she captained the ultimate Frisbee team, and her MBA from Stanford. Rebecca is an active board member of the Mission Preparatory School, a K-8 charter school serving some of San Francisco’s most underserved students, and ARTA, a non-profit whitewater rafting organization. She loves to explore the mountains, rivers, ocean, and San Francisco neighborhoods with her family.
2013 Fellowship YearOffice of the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco - Fellowship begins September 2013
"I'm passionate about building community. After eight years working as an investment banker to raise capital for city and state governments, I want to get closer to the action on the ground. I want to be part implementing civic innovation that makes communities stronger. Being a Fuse Corps Fellow gives me the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and impact people's lives in my home city. I can't wait to get started."
- Rebecca Foster
Thomas HoustonThomas Houston is a tenured strategic marketer with ten years of advertising, innovation, and team building experience. He has worked as a brand professional for some of the biggest names in marketing: Cadbury Adams, Philip Morris, Sara Lee, and Walmart to name a few. In addition he has worked on branding projects for the District of Columbia and The National Urban League. He has also served as an adjunct Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behavior at the University of the District of Columbia. Whether creating innovation processes or delivering custom marketing programs Thomas has increased bottom lines, employee morale, and better products. In his spare time Thomas passionately works towards bettering at-need communities. After volunteering to teach marketing techniques to local advertising agencies in Ghana, Africa he committed to transition from corporate marketing to social marketing. Thomas holds a BBA in Marketing from Howard University and later went on to receive his MBA from The Pennsylvania State University. Thomas currently is focused on using his education, and experiences, to move progressive community agendas forward.
2013 Fellowship Year
The City of Richmond, VA
Leverage the Power of the Internet for Equal AccessThe city of Richmond is on a mission to build an innovative culture in the Department of Social Services. By adopting civic technology and open data Thomas Houston will be able to improve service delivery and access to services and information for employees, non-profit partners, and most importantly the city's daily customers...citizens. Using new technologies such as Aunt Bertha, Captricity, and snapfresh Thomas will allow the city to re-focus their attention on service while simultaneously enjoying the fruits of improved processes. These technologies will empower the citizens of Richmond to help themselves while giving city employees the tools to be proactive in developing solutions to generational problems. By maintaining a vision of civic technology, innovation, and public collaboration Thomas will help Richmond's Department of Social Services become a model of efficient and effective customer-focused service delivery for the State of Virginia.
"The digital divide is real. So is poverty. Instead of throwing money at both with no real solutions I see the opportunity to tackle them with a joint solution. Can Richmond be a model for the nation yes but more importantly they will be a model for the next generation of people in the city. And that's the type of product development that motivates me as a trained brand professional."
- Thomas Houston
Sarah LeddySarah Leddy is a multi-sector professional who has focused her career at the nexus of governance and growth. For international development programs funded by the U.S. government, the William J. Clinton Foundation, and the National Endowment for Democracy, among others, she guides governments to plan and fund their services, often testing or creating innovative models tailored to local challenges. A native Vermonter and longtime expatriate, she understands the importance of community; her work brings current and future beneficiary communities to the fore of policy and strategy development. For municipalities in particular, she is skilled at developing and articulating long-range visions, while implementing for short-term results in economic governance, strategic planning, and consensus building. On behalf of clients, Sarah cultivates investors and wins supporters for government-led transformative projects; she is scrappy, resource-conscious, and cause-driven. Sarah joins Fuse Corps from the consultancy Tetra Tech ARD where she built and managed international teams, designed and wrote winning proposals for local governance projects, and provided technical assistance to projects aimed at institutional reform, revenue generation, and regional planning. She began her career in international business at Skadden Arps in New York and Brussels, analyzing market share for merging companies. Sarah studied literature at McGill University and the University of Paris VI, and international economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She is a native English speaker, fluent in French, and enthusiastically conversant in Italian, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. Sarah is very pleased to experience California and live in its welcoming capital.
2013 Fellowship Year
Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson, Sacramento, CA - Greenwise Initiative
Championing Sacramento as the "Farm to Fork" Capital of the WorldSarah is spending the year 2013-14 championing the Sacramento region as the "Farm to Fork Capital of America.” Mayor Kevin Johnson recognizes that few places rival this region's resources--natural, economic, historical and political--and that their synergies give Sacramento an extraordinary comparative advantage in fulfilling this collective identity. In recognition of these unparalleled advantages, he designated this the Year of Food in the region during his 2013 State of the City address and has made growth in this industry cluster a priority for his second term. Sarah serves as an executive team member of Greenwise Joint Venture and a liaison for the Mayor's office to the entire Sacramento region. Her work includes elevating the "farm to fork” initiative to add :fuel to farm" making the ecosystem in Sacramento a complete cycle. Already, stakeholders have recognized the tri-sector nature of the initiative, identifying the compatible interests and assets of locally-serving and production agriculture sectors, waste reduction specialists, alternative energy producers, regional planning advocates for transportation and housing, promoters of agro-tourism, academic institutions, and the central city's vigorous economic growth strategy. Sarah's fellowship is multi-pronged, consisting of stakeholder coordination, project design and implementation, and sustainability planning. She will coordinate stakeholders from all sectors to align their goals related to agriculture, food, and energy; implement key projects that showcase Sacramento's integration of job creation, environmental sustainability, and cultural saliency; and build a framework for expanding the "farm to fork to fuel to farm" cycle beyond this Year of Food.
"A cornerstone of Mayor Kevin Johnson's vision for Sacramento, Greenwise Joint Venture steers and implements a strategic plan that tackles directly the challenges facing cities globally. Its approach is proactive and prescient: Complementary rural and urban agendas; responsible land use planning; economic and social resiliency in a changing climate; behavior change. The strength of the plan and its champions make this fellowship placement an excellent opportunity to create a model for sustainable and equitable development: Greenwise's transformative impact will be visible and important in and beyond the City of Sacramento, the central hub for the six-county region that spans from Lake Tahoe to the East Bay counties. I am especially pleased to join Greenwise during the Year of Food, and have the opportunity to support some of the exciting institutions and businesses already operating in the "farm to fork to fuel to farm" cycle."
- Sarah Leddy
Rebecca Center Foster
Spark A Movement
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