The City and County of San Francisco has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 FUSE Civic Innovation Award, presented to Mayor Edwin M. Lee and his administration “for exceptional leadership in pursuing cross-sector solutions to more effectively address community needs.” FUSE Corps, a national nonprofit based in the Bay Area, will present the award at an event in San Francisco on Monday, September 25th.
FUSE partners with local governments to tackle society’s most pressing challenges. Through a year-long executive fellowship program, FUSE works with cities across a range of issue areas, including health, public safety, economic and workforce development, climate change, equity, and education. Founded in 2011, FUSE has placed nearly 100 executive fellows who have helped government agencies throughout California and across the country to better address the needs of their communities. Over the past five years, FUSE has placed 23 fellows in the City and County of San Francisco, where the organization is also headquartered.
“America’s cities are at the forefront of addressing our nation’s most pressing challenges—from homelessness and affordable housing, to infrastructure, climate change, and helping our community members most in need,” said Mayor Lee. “In order to respond effectively to such complex issues, local governments must evolve and adapt and establish new partnerships. Our collaboration with FUSE Corps has helped bring experienced leaders into our City and enabled us to develop more innovative solutions to meeting the needs of all those who live, work, and visit the San Francisco Bay Area.”
“San Francisco was one of the very first government partners to embrace the FUSE model shortly after our founding six years ago,” said FUSE CEO James Weinberg. “And San Francisco was the very first city in America to pioneer a local cohort model with multiple fellows working concurrently across various departments. The local cohort model has proven so successful at accelerating project impact and catalyzing culture change in local government agencies that it is now employed in many other cities throughout the country.”
Weinberg also added, “Mayor Lee and his administration have been exemplary models of cross-sector collaboration as they developed innovative approaches to the challenges that face so many cities. In recognition of their leadership and partnership, we are proud to present our 2017 annual award to the City and County of San Francisco.”