As President and CEO of the Urban Resource Institute (URI), Nathaniel M. Fields is responsible for the organization’s strategic vision and holistic functioning. Born and raised in New York, Mr. Fields has firsthand knowledge of the great challenges affecting New York’s most vulnerable communities, as well as the positive work being done to effect structural changes.
Mr. Fields holds a bachelor’s degree in US history, focusing on Black and Hispanic studies. His interest in how people function and build systems led to additional attainment of a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in administration and clinical practice. He has also completed an executive leadership and certificate program in the not-for-profit sector at New York University and is licensed to practice in New York State. When asked to identify the galvanizing force behind his vision for URI, Mr. Fields says, “Hope is at the cornerstone of everything we do.”