Fresh Perspectives in City Government: The Challenges and Opportunities of Driving Innovative Change

Oct 25, 2017

Session Description

What does it really take to implement innovative solutions in local government? It’s never easy, but cities across the country are embracing new approaches in order to respond to continually evolving challenges. This session will spotlight the work of FUSE Corps, a national nonprofit that places experienced private-sector leaders into local government in order to more effectively address some of the most pressing issues facing urban communities. Speakers include FUSE’s CEO and four recent FUSE fellows who are leading groundbreaking work around climate change planning in New Orleans, autonomous vehicle readiness in Los Angeles, violence prevention in Long Beach, and government accountability in San Francisco.



Moderator: James WeinbergCEO, FuseCorps

Michael LimFUSE Fellow, City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation

Veronica NjodinizehFUSE Fellow, City of Long Beach, Office of the City Manager

Gayathri ThaikkendiyilFUSE Fellow, City of San Francisco, Office of the Ethics Commission


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  1. FUSE fellows are executive-level professionals who are placed in local government agencies for one year to forge cross-sector collaborations that tackle a pressing community challenge. What issue in your local community do you think could be best served by having a FUSE fellow do this type of work and why?

  2. James,
    How do you select/identify your partner cities?


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