Fuchs studied at Queens College, CUNY, Brown University, and the University of Chicago. She wrote Mayors and Money: Fiscal Policy in New York and Chicago, and describes herself as a "Pragmatic Utopian".
Fuchs served as served as Special Advisor to the Mayor for Governance and Strategic Planning under New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2001 to 2005.
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