Dedicating a Year to Public Service

July 10, 2019
by Irina Belova, Communications Associate
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Dedicating a Year to Public Service

FUSE Corps, a NationSwell Council institutional member that helps city and county governments by partnering them with executive level fellows, recently welcomed its inaugural spring cohort. What makes these talented leaders choose to dedicate a year of their lives tackling challenges facing civic organizations and communities across the country? Here’s what they said.


Mica Williams
Evaluating Community Policing Strategies to Build Safer Communities
Pittsburgh, PA

How society fosters healthy, mutually beneficial police-community relations has been a focal question for me throughout my career. Being able to directly engage with both the police and community in a goal-oriented, localized way to address this — one of our most pressing societal challenges — is an incredible opportunity.


Angelica M. Frias
Designing a Strategy for a Smart, Connected City
Los Angeles, CA

My experience in energy sustainability and community impact initiatives drew me to this opportunity. I accepted the fellowship to design a comprehensive strategy that allows all Angelenos, including our underserved communities, to fully participate in the planning process and remain at the heart of L.A.’s smart city enterprise.


Russell Rogers
Using Data and Tech to Create a Safe City
San Jose, CA

Safety is a fundamental responsibility of governments. I am eager to bring insights from the private sector to the public sector where I can drive public-private collaborations for the betterment of governments and the safety of their citizens.


Nancy Villasenor
Redesigning Physician Recruitment to Improve Access to Care
LA County

This fellowship is an opportunity to explore the public sector and be a part of something that has a real social impact on my community. I can also use my expertise in marketing and strategic planning to help the most vulnerable communities and ensure that they will continue receiving quality healthcare.


Ernest Shahbazian
Launching a Command Center to Improve Healthcare Coordination
LA County

Focusing on a healthcare project that allows the county to not only save money, but also better deliver healthcare services to its members and those marginalized in our community, is an incredible challenge. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help make this vision a reality!


Michelle Martin Bonner
Recruiting a High Quality and Diverse Police Force to Restore Community Trust
St. Louis, MO

This fellowship allows me to give back to my community through my work and life experiences in a way that fulfills my purpose of servant leadership.


Minoli Ratnatunga
Planning for the Service of a Growing Aging Population
LA County

I find work that engages with the complex challenges facing cities and their residents to be the most satisfying. By joining local government, I’ll be doing that every day. I’m helping the Los Angeles Area Agency on Aging plan its vital work connecting older adults to the nutrition, services, community, and support they need.


Jana Good
Leveraging Technology for Efficient Government Service Delivery
Oakland, CA

I was excited to get both a front-row-seat view into the public sector and have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of city residents. The goal is to foster digital inclusion for all Oakland residents by making city services more accessible via technology.

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