City of Denver
The Mile High City is growing quickly, creating an urgent need for enhanced transportation plans. FUSE Fellow Chris Dishno will implement a cohesive strategy that accounts for all the different modes of transit for 300,000 commuters every day.
City of Fremont
Fremont Unified School District is working to help its students become hands-on, inquisitive learners. FUSE Fellow Parker Thomas will design a strategic plan to create a Maker Education curriculum for the district’s middle schools.
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis is working to create a park system that brings improved health and wellness to its residents. FUSE Fellow Demetrius Glover will help the city identify funding models that will benefit its public parks and those who use them.
City of Long Beach
Long Beach is working to ensure that its elderly residents, especially those who live below the poverty line, will have access to the services they need. FUSE Fellow Karen Doolittle will help improve the quality of life for senior residents of Long Beach by designing a coordinated system of health and social services.
The City of Long Beach is the second largest employer in the area, with 3,900 regular employees, and is working to foster a more innovation-led, result-oriented workforce. FUSE Fellow Sofia Style will help facilitate this culture change by redesigning the city’s hiring process into one that’s efficient and adaptive to the changing personnel needs of the city.
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles is working to provide services to protect the homeless and their living areas while addressing public access to schools, sidewalks, homes and businesses. FUSE Fellow Ann Zald will help improve the city’s Clean Streets operations, identify best practices, and maximize the effectiveness of city services.
The City of L.A. is working to strengthen its small businesses by developing better communications with business owners about available resources. FUSE Fellow Rafael Bracero will help modernize and improve the city’s communications to avoid wasted hours at City Hall and financial penalties in order to help keep small businesses thriving.
Los Angeles is working to integrate new technologies to city infrastructure, but many of the projects need attention. FUSE Fellow Dawn M. Comer will help the city create a Smart City Roadmap, launch projects, and create public-private partnerships that allow for a sustainable future.
To alleviate homelessness and to create more affordable housing for the most vulnerable populations, Los Angeles is working to implement innovative, new approaches. FUSE Fellow Sean Doss will design a comprehensive asset management model that will allow the agency to make the most of its assets to generate more income for affordable housing.
Los Angeles has enacted a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2020 to help 600,000 Angelenos rise out of poverty. FUSE Fellow Mark Lee will help the city avoid wage theft by employers or denial of wages owed to employees, and devise a plan to make sure businesses stick to the new law.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is in the midst of a major workforce change. FUSE Fellow Andrea Lipton will create a robust leadership training academy that will prepare the department’s 300 managers to embrace new evolutions in transportation technologies.
Los Angeles believes the best way to have a strong government is to give residents tools to engage daily. FUSE Fellow Aparna Mukherjee will develop a strategy for increased civic engagement among city departments to create a city where residents have a stronger voice in their government.
County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County is working to place 50,000 formerly incarcerated residents into jobs that will help them reintegrate into the community. FUSE Fellow Alex-Handrah Aimé will help L.A. County ensure that those who have been convicted of crimes that are now considered misdemeanors have a chance to improve their lives and contribute to their community.
In Los Angeles County, more than 500,000 people will be looking to re-enter the workforce thanks to a recent law that reduced certain drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. FUSE Fellow Casswell Goodman will develop a coordinated strategy and process for delivery of services specifically to the reentry population to reduce the likelihood of recidivism, and help those with high barriers to employment to gain and sustain employment.
Los Angeles County is working to redesign the way patients access health care within the system and transform the process into one that’s efficient, compassionate, and patient-centered. FUSE Fellow Eric Mattenson will develop a workflow that will elevate the patient experience.
There are 22,000 full-time staff and 8,000 contractors employed by L.A. County Department of Health Services. To meet the demands of this vast and complex workforce, FUSE Fellow Nichelle Toomire will create a methodology and a data dashboard that provides insight into the use and cost of contract staff compared to full-time county employees.
Los Angeles County has begun taking advantage of publicly generated information and other data sources to identify potential sources of food-related problems. FUSE Fellow Mohammad Mehryar will help the county use data analysis to monitor public health trends across the county to benefit the health of its residents.
Los Angeles County has been working to address chronic health, mental health, substance abuse and homelessness issues that create challenges for inmates. FUSE Fellow Tom Pyun will create an improved inmate processing system that optimizes the experience for patients and helps guarantee they receive the care and support they need.
Thanks to the success of a recent ballot initiative, Los Angeles County will have access to hundreds of millions of dollars to help the 45,000 people in the region who are struggling with homelessness. FUSE Fellow Thelá R. Thatch will help the county develop a plan to recruit and train hundreds of staff workers who will provide critical services – such as health workers, case managers, and housing locators – to work toward a solution to the homeless crisis.
City of New Orleans
The New Orleans Police Department is working to be even more responsive to the needs of its community. FUSE Fellow E. Aminata Brown will help modernize and digitize the department’s processes so officers can better serve the city’s residents.
New Orleans is working to reduce its carbon footprint by finding efficient and cost-effective ways to reduce its energy load, starting with its Sewerage and Water Board, which is one of the largest consumers of energy in the region. FUSE Fellow Priya Dey-Sarkar will help the city identify opportunities for improvement and develop business plans for new strategic initiatives.
New Orleans is working to overhaul its entire fleet system. Revamping the system and creating a shared vehicle pool will help increase fuel efficiency, save money, increase fleet use, and avoid misuse. FUSE Fellow Monica Soileau will work to reimagine and redesign how the city’s fleet is managed and operated.
City of Philadelphia
Philadelphia is working to provide better job opportunities for underserved populations that align with the growth sectors in the economy. FUSE Fellow Barry Wilkins will help the city make progress by deepening partnerships with local businesses, industry organizations, educational institutions and city agencies.
City of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is working to enhance its city-owned facilities. FUSE Fellow Chris Hornstein will design and launch a strategic plan to improve the 300+ city-owned buildings that is cost-efficient, safe, and focused on service delivery.
In the next 10 years, 250,000 people will retire in Pittsburgh. To fill in that gap and other workforce challenges, FUSE Fellow Cynthia Shields will help the city strengthen the pipeline of skilled workers for a thriving economy by aligning a variety of existing strategies and programs that will enable the workforce to adapt in a changing economy.
Home rental prices in Pittsburgh are rising quickly and the city is working to address the decreasing number of affordable units. FUSE Fellow Della Williams will help the city find creative ways to increase access to affordable housing and develop more flexibility in financing affordable housing projects.
City & County of San Francisco
In San Francisco, one of America’s most expensive cities to live, there is an urgent need to make affordable housing more available to city residents. FUSE Fellow Kimberly Dubin will help amplify awareness of the city’s efforts to increase affordable housing, and help connect more residents to available resources.
San Francisco’s economy is booming, but there are opportunity disparities among gender identity, race, ethnicity, immigration status, and other socio-economic indicators. FUSE Fellow Sami Iwata will design the framework of an innovative program called Engineering for Equity to help create a more equitable city.
San Francisco is working to improve its emergency response time to protect the city’s most vulnerable residents. FUSE Fellow Marilyn Varnado will create a strategic plan to improve the department’s 911 emergency response performance.
City of San José
With its close proximity to highways, light rail commuter lines, and major tech companies, San José is a key hub in Silicon Valley, and is working to improve its transportation system. FUSE Fellow Keshav Gupta will design a roadmap that leverages smart partnerships and innovative projects to enhance transportation and mobility throughout the region.
San José is working to improve its educational outcomes by engaging with students outside traditional classrooms at an early age. FUSE Fellow Lauren Hancock will help the youth of San José achieve academic and career success by designing innovative after-school and summer programs.
City of Stockton
Stockton is working to provide area workers with the skills needed to be competitive within the labor pool. FUSE Fellow Ann Rogan will design a program that will empower residents to learn the critical skills they need to secure sustainable employment.
With the launch of Stockton Promise, an educational program that connects at-risk kids to post-secondary opportunities, FUSE Fellow Jason Weiner will help provide higher educational opportunities to students and reconceive how education is provided to young people in Stockton from cradle to career.
Washington D.C. is working to uplift its small businesses by connecting them to opportunities to help them thrive and grow. FUSE Fellow Flavian Marwa will develop a plan to deploy the most successful programs and make the best use of resources.
Our nation’s capital is working to be more citizen-centered in the way it connects its services to residents and businesses. FUSE Fellow Jon Quimby will help improve the process and technology of the department’s operations in order to improve the citizen service experience.