City of Los Angeles
The Central Library and the 72 branches of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) serve the largest population of any public library system in the country. The Library operates a wide range of community impact programs to help Angelenos with school and career, financial planning, health education, homeless and veterans affairs and even the immigration process. FUSE Fellow Donna Michelle Anderson will help LAPL develop a more data-driven and results-oriented culture for community impact.
The City of Los Angeles employs nearly 50,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in the region. To achieve its goal of creating a healthier, happier workforce, the City’s Personnel Department is launching a Wellness Program beginning with the 24,000 members of its Flex Benefits Program. FUSE Fellow Joan Centanno will accelerate implementation of the program, helping tens of thousands of City employees find ways to improve their physical and mental well-being.
The LA Department of Transportation manages one of the largest and most complex transportation systems in the country. FUSE Fellow Ray Cheung will help develop its first five-year capital plan, identifying short-term and long-term project priorities; guiding the Department’s policies for selecting, designing and implementing projects; developing an action-oriented implementation strategy; and overseeing the financing of transportation projects. The plan will ultimately improve the quality of life for residents of the country’s second-largest city—providing them with safer streets, reduced congestion, a cleaner environment and enhanced mobility options.
Experts agree that Autonomous Vehicle technology will redefine the world of automobiles and mobility at large. The City of Los Angeles has the opportunity to be a world leader in implementing and supporting autonomous vehicle technology. FUSE Fellow Michael Lim will work with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive business plan to address the increasingly important need for investment in autonomous vehicles and the infrastructure to support them.
Because of the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering’s unique role in overseeing projects that touch on almost every aspect of life for City residents – from the revitalization of the Los Angeles River to the construction of the Mid Valley Intergenerational Multipurpose Center– the Bureau is positioned to address the changing needs of one of America’s largest and most dynamic cities. FUSE Fellow Sonia Nanda will be studying a critical permitting process with the end goal of recommending improvements to streamline the process and create transparency within the development community.
LAX is the world’s busiest origin and destination airport, one of the many reasons it is currently engaged in an $8.5B 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 Fellow Hana Rhee will help develop a strategic plan to engage the community in this improvement project and ensure area residents have the skills and resources needed to compete for jobs and contracts.
The Port of Los Angeles is the largest container port in the United States and 10th largest in the world. While the Port is a model of innovation and sustainability, it must also keep up with increasing competition and continue to improve its operations. FUSE Fellow Andrew Scott will work with the Port to enhance supply chain efficiency, address congestion issues and help to continually minimize its environmental impact.
The City of Los Angeles, like many major U.S. cities, is facing a housing affordability crisis. The City experiences a severe shortage of affordable housing and LA housing prices have grown four times faster than incomes since 2000. FUSE Fellow Frederick White will work with the Office of the City Administrative Officer and other city departments to explore innovative financing vehicles to expand opportunities for development and help incorporate those models into a long-term housing strategy for the City.
Los Angeles County
With its integrated system of 19 health centers and 4 hospitals, 670,000 unique patients and 20,000 staff members, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal healthcare system in the nation. FUSE Fellow Mala Nanda will help DHS integrate their laboratory services and increase the efficiency of the lab system to ensure the highest quality of patient care throughout the network.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) has recently been making major strides toward becoming a more unified, integrated and coordinated healthcare system. As part of that work, the Department seeks to better engage and develop supervisors and managers. FUSE Fellow Kamina Smith will help the Department develop a comprehensive supervisor management training program and a strategic plan for rolling out those services.
City of Long Beach
On any given day, approximately 2,300 people experience homelessness in the City of Long Beach. The City’s Department of Health and Human Services leads the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC), administering housing and services. FUSE Fellow Sharon Meron will work with the City and CoC to advance their integrated approach to addressing the root causes and immediate needs of homelessness.
In May 2014, the Long Beach City Council adopted Safe Long Beach, a comprehensive violence prevention plan combining elements of My Brother’s Keeper and other youth development programs. FUSE Fellow Veronica Njodinizeh will help the Office of the City Manager to develop an action plan to accomplish the initiative’s goals in a coordinated way, with an emphasis on boys and men of color.
City of Fresno
More than 87% of students in the Fresno Unified School District live below the federal poverty line. The Fresno Unified Higher Education Partnership helps young people matriculate from high school and continue to succeed after graduation. FUSE Fellow Wendy McCulley will align stakeholders, develop a roadmap, and implement demonstration projects to build momentum for this effort.
City & County of San Francisco
Since early 2015, Mayor Ed Lee has introduced several initiatives in an effort to achieve significant police reforms that address various concerns of both community members and police officers. The San Francisco Police Commission oversees the implementation of these reforms, including body-worn cameras and policy changes. FUSE Fellow Rania Adwan will partner with the Office of the Mayor and the Police Commission to accelerate reforms to policing practices in the City and help continue to restore public trust in the Department.
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) strives not only to be one of the best airports in the world according to quality, safety and environmental standards, but also one of the best places to work for all 1,600 of its employees. FUSE Fellow Mark Avnet will partner with SFO to further develop the Strategic Human Capital Plan that lays out a detailed roadmap to close the gap between the Airport’s current talent-related capabilities and its new five-year strategic plan.
The Port of San Francisco has the important responsibility of maintaining 7.5 miles of waterfront along the City of San Francisco, including the three-mile Seawall that protects this vital area. But with significant vulnerabilities, including seismic weaknesses, the Seawall requires a comprehensive redevelopment plan. FUSE Fellow Keven Brough will work with the Seawall Resiliency Team to establish partnerships, pursue legislative measures, and develop innovative financing approaches.
The Electric Vehicle Working Group, which is led by the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the Office of the City Administrator, recently outlined an initial series of recommendations to advance widespread electric vehicle (EV) adoption in San Francisco. FUSE Fellow Lars Peters will coordinate the citywide implementation of these efforts including reducing emissions from the City’s fleet, encouraging EV infrastructure and creating market partnerships.
The San Francisco Health Network (SFHN) serves more than one in eight San Franciscans annually. Along with several projects to improve the patient experience, the SFHN is committed to systematically embedding a positive care experience across the Network. FUSE Fellow Cori Schauer will help design a service framework to change the Network’s approach to patient service and move the organization toward the highest levels of patient-centered care.
The San Francisco Ethics Commission was established to provide education and enforcement of ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws. FUSE Fellow Gayathri Thaikkendiyil will develop a plan to redesign and modernize their website and e-filing project, helping increase engagement with the public and strengthen local government accountability.
The City and County of San Francisco owns and operates a fleet of more than 6,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment that provide vital functions to the City. As the Fleet Management Division moves to new facilities, FUSE Fellow Keigo Yoshida will partner with the City Administrator’s Office to analyze processes, research best practices and recommend ways to optimize operations.
City of San José
The San José Public Library (SJPL) is in the process of creating an economic and workforce development hub, SJPL Works, that offers support to employment seekers, small business owners and entrepreneurs. FUSE Fellow Nick Almeida will spearhead a focused strategy for growing SJPL Works, creating partnerships and reaching potential users.
Although San José currently has a 90% connectivity rate among all residents, that number drops to just 70% among low-income residents. The City seeks to identify digital needs and ensure that all residents have access to affordable online services. FUSE Fellow Dolan Beckel will partner with the City to develop a strategic plan to achieve broad digital inclusion that contributes to the larger economic, social equity and civic engagement goals for San José.
City of Vallejo
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 will develop an economic development marketing and communications initiative to leverage Vallejo’s population growth and increase investments and jobs in the area.
State of California
The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) is responsible for a wide range of services for Californians including healthcare, social services, mental health services and disability services. CHHS seeks to evolve into a more data-driven agency to help it make smart decisions for more effective services. FUSE Fellow Venkat Suresh will partner with the agency to create the infrastructure and process for the sustainable collection and use of data across department and programs.
Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
The opioid addiction crisis is accelerating quickly in Pennsylvania, where hospitals handled 1,848 overdoses in 2014. The Allegheny County Health Department’s response, including disease surveillance, community outreach and harm reduction, marries public health and public safety in an attempt to more effectively incorporate responses from all sectors. FUSE Fellow Colin Dwyer will help the County further develop this integrated response to face one of its fastest-growing health risks.
City of New Orleans
New Orleans is a global leader in adapting to the risks of climate change and now seeks to join cities around the world that are mitigating their impact on climate change through aggressive reductions in greenhouse gases. FUSE Fellow Siobhan Foley will partner with the City to develop and implement the City’s first comprehensive Climate Action Plan.
City of Seattle
With a booming economy and a variety of thriving industries, the City of Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. However, with the flourishing economy have come challenges of inequity and disparities. FUSE Fellow Suzanne Towns will help create a coordinated strategic plan to streamline and improve workforce initiatives throughout the City.