Mariah Sheriff Ray joined FUSE Corps in 2015. As Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, she works with local government partners to develop FUSE Fellowship projects to advance their highest priority initiatives. Mariah brings considerable experience in local government and the social sector to her role at FUSE.
Prior to joining FUSE, Mariah served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who was an inaugural FUSE partner. At the Office of the Mayor, Mariah was responsible for the Mayor’s intergovernmental affairs portfolio, including his 2014-2015 Presidency of the US Conference of Mayors and 2014 Presidency of the African American Mayors Association. Mariah also managed Mayor Johnson’s education initiatives and strategic partnerships which led to the establishment of local sites for three national nonprofits – City Year, Teach For America and College Track. Mariah began her career teaching in Chicago Public Schools, initially as a Teach For America corps member. Mariah received her B.A. in Economics and International Studies from DePaul University, her M.A. in Teaching from Dominican University, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.