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We mobilize the right
people to solve
some of society's
toughest problems 

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FCI is pioneering a complete, doctor-led care model to bring our most vulnerable from the street into a home. In 2023 we launched a PEH Whole Person Care Program in LA County with HOPICS and in Kern County we helped launch a similar program working with Akido Labs.

Street to Home

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The Los Angeles Unhoused Response Academy (LAURA) aims to build the capacity of the LA County homeless workforce--today and in the future and provide an on-ramp for new talent, reduce attrition, and light a path for professional growth and growth in compensation.

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The Future Communities Institute (FCI) stands at the forefront of social innovation. As a dynamic non-profit action-tank, we are building data-backed solutions to some of society's most complex challenges.

We bring together the right people—experts with frontline experience, leaders in academia and government, tech innovators and philanthropists— to prototype and validate initiatives that are impactful, sustainable and can work at scale.


Once proven, we leverage our extensive network to deploy these solutions through project expansion, policy change and thought leadership.

We are optimists without illusions. We are not just imagining a better future—we're building it, one evidence-based solution at a time.



Emma Mayerson

Acting Executive Director

Emma brings over a decade of leadership experience to this role including her most recent position as Co-Founder and Founding Executive Director of Alliance for Girls (AFG), the nation's largest association of organizations and schools serving girls and gender-expansive youth with 150 members serving 300,000 youth annually. Mayerson is a sought after speaker and advisor on issues of gender equity and inclusion. She has spoken on these topics at the UN and the White House Council of Women and Girls, among others. Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC7 News and Teen Vogue. She serves and has served on boards for several national and local organizations including Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, and the African American Female Excellence Initiative, among others.

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Justin Szlasa

Director of Homeless Initatives 

Justin's 20+ year career spans a variety of industries, including technology, enterprise, film production and non-profit work. Prior to joining FCI, Szlasa served as a board member and the transitional executive director of SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition, focusing on building a sustainable operating infrastructure for the community organization. Justin serves on the board of AZA Battery, a company pioneering a new generation of green energy storage, where he served as COO. He is a proud Angeleno and has spent the past five years volunteering for local organizations dedicated to caring for the city’s unhoused neighbors. Through his dedication to LA’s homeless communities, Szlasa has emerged as a passionate advocate and champion of evidence-backed solutions. Szlasa earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree in international affairs and international economics from Columbia University. 

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