Fuse Innovation Fund
We innovate new organizing and communications strategies to build a stronger progressive movement. Combining the latest research with long-term organizing and communications capacity, we bring innovative ideas to life.
We envision a world where every community and organization has the tools and resources necessary to make their voices heard on the issues that matter most.
How we get there
- We bring progressive ideas to life by elevating local voices through long-term community-based organizing and adding communications capacity to issue-based campaigns.
- We share lessons-learned to increase the capacity and effectiveness of the broader progressive community in Washington state.
- We hold those in power accountable to ensure all voices are heard, not just those of the wealthy few.
Charlene seeks to make a positive impact on her community by advocating for progressive reforms that address institutional inequities. She worked for New Approach Washington, a coalition that successfully championed a public health approach to marijuana policy by passing I–502 in 2012 and served on the Steering Committee for Fair Elections Seattle, the campaign advocating for public financing of Seattle City Council elections. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, snowboarding, and traveling.
Kristin Elia has spent her career focused on progressive organizing, advocacy, and electoral work. She is currently a consultant working on issue advocacy and community engagement with a statewide coalition of labor unions. Prior to this, she spent over four years at AFT Washington where she directed the political advocacy program. Kristin is an East Coast native, growing up in New Jersey and Maine. After college, she began work on environmental advocacy with NJ PIRG and then Environment America in Washington, D.C. In 2010, she moved to Seattle to join Fuse Washington as the Organizing Director and promptly fell in love with the rain, the coffee, and that very large mountain to the south. She also serves as the VP at Large on the board of Seattle Works. Outside of work you can find her hiking or snowshoeing and giving her full 90 at a Sounders game.