July 2018 Update
1. What has the Schox Philanthropy grant allowed you to do this quarter?
The grant has allowed us to continue to support the work of 35 FUSE Executive Fellows in Civic Innovation who working across a dozen cities on a variety of issues such as economic and workforce development, healthcare, public safety, climate change, and education. To select just a few of many examples of success from the past few months:
Stockton: Jason Weiner just concluded his facilitation of a series of nine meetings and human-centered design labs for an advisory committee of education and community leaders helping to create the city’s new college scholarship program. He also hosted 100 philanthropy executives for a Reinvention Tour of the city that will lead to increased resources for local education groups.
- Los Angeles: Sean Doss just secured a partnership with LISC and NEF to provide the Housing & Community Investment Department with a proprietary asset management software that has an estimated value (and cost savings to the city) of over one million dollars. This technology addresses the need for reporting metrics and asset management tools that would have taken years for the city’s IT department to build. It will ultimately help create many more affordable housing units for the city’s most vulnerable residents.
- Pittsburgh: Cynthia Shields recently launched a Construction Industry Taskforce and Mayor Peduto's just signed two Executive Orders related to her work. A long awaited dream in Pittsburgh that is now being realized thanks to Cynthia’s determined efforts, the city and the construction industry are now partnering closely to get more residents into high-quality union jobs.
- New Orleans: Priya Dey-Sarkar has rolled out a comprehensive management system for the city’s hundreds of pumping stations to better respond to increasingly heavy rainfall events. Just before Priya started last year, a single horrific thunderstorm generated a declared state of emergency when the city’s pumping systems failed and produced tragic scenes of flooding that were reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina’s impact 12 years earlier. A storm of similar intensity hit the city just last month, but thanks the Priya’s efforts, the engineering team gathered around screens with data dashboards for the first time to better manage the pumping systems and prevent any major flooding in the city.
2. What’s going well? (ie: what, if any, big wins did you have this quarter)
We just recently concluded several months of work to line up the next cohort of fellows who will begin their year of service this October. We are very pleased to share that we have secured commitments for 40 projects in 15 cities, with 6 new government partners including Oakland, East Palo Alto, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis and St. Paul! These cities join our returning partners: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San José, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh PA, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Washington DC. All of the NEW projects are currently posted on our website at: https://fusecorps.org/fellowship-openings/
3. What’s next? (where are you headed next quarter?)
We are in the midst of our intensive recruiting season and are currently conducting 40 concurrent national executive searches for each of our unique positions. The average FUSE fellow has more than 15-20 years of senior leadership experience, often at the VP level within Fortune 500 companies or partner-track roles within leading consulting firms. They apply to work full-time for 12 months and must demonstrate a commitment to shifting their career toward civic leadership on a potentially ongoing basis after the fellowship ends.
Over the coming months, more than 1000 candidates will apply for FUSE fellowship opportunities. Our staff with review every application, phone interview 500 of them, conduct video conference follow-up interviews with 250 semi-finalists, and then select 120 finalists to conduct in-person interviews with our government partners around the country. Each host agency will select their fellow from among three finalists. Those individuals will them be placed under contract with FUSE and we will begin the intensive on-boarding process.
All of the selected fellows from around the country will gather in Los Angeles at the end of September for a rigorous orientation institute to train them on some of the tools that FUSE fellows have found to be most helpful in areas such as human centered design, rapid innovation, change management, cross-sector collaboration, collective impact campaigns, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, communications, facilitative leadership, project management, and much more. All fellows will then return to their host communities to begin their year of service in October.
4. Where do you need help?
We are currently recruiting for three new staff members to join our team in Boston. We need as much help as possible to spread the word about these important leadership positions, especially to networks in the Boston area, as we hope to hire these roles by September. The searches are listed on our website at https://fusecorps.org/about/fuse-jobs/, and summarized below:
- Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs: FUSE seeks to hire an experienced Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs to lead the overall strategic direction and implementation of its government partnerships, sales, communications, events and fundraising functions. Reporting directly to the CEO and participating in overall organizational strategy and decision-making, the Vice President will be based in our new Boston office and will manage and grow a team of 5-10 talented individuals.
- Director of Strategic Partnerships: The Strategic Partnerships team currently includes two Directors and an Associate in the San Francisco office, and we are now adding a Director in the Boston office as we continue to expand our work nationally. Each Director manages a portfolio of city and county partners around the country, and FUSE’s first Boston-based Strategic Partnerships Director will help to expand our work in major metro areas throughout the East Coast and Midwest.
- Managing Editor: FUSE recognizes that we can help effect widespread systemic change by producing and sharing stories of innovative best practices, and using thought-leadership to help build momentum around a growing movement of leaders who are reinventing government. To help us realize this goal, FUSE is seeking to hire a passionate, motivated, and highly skilled Managing Editor to be based in our Boston office.
5. Are there any upcoming volunteer opportunities or special events that you want to share with our members?
On Monday, September 24 from 6-8pm PT, FUSE will host its annual celebration event in Los Angeles at the Millwick, 800 E 4th Pl. This dinner will provide an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our 35 graduating fellows and welcome the 40 members of our newest cohort for the first day of their orientation training. We will also be joined by many of our alumni, board members, and government partners. Seating is extremely limited, so interested parties should email James Weinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if they are interested in attending.