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President and Chief Executive Officer Worcester, MA

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) has chosen Barbara Fields as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. 


Fields brings to GWCF a passion for building strong communities and leading economic development efforts as well as a history of innovative and transformational leadership. Most recently, Fields was CEO and Executive Director of Rhode Island’s housing assistance agency, RIHousing. Through entrepreneurial initiatives and partnerships, she led the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars statewide, including financing the development of new housing and funding mortgages for first-time home buyers.


Prior to RIHousing, Fields was appointed as New England Regional Administrator in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration where her priorities included investing in neighborhoods, transit oriented development, and supporting community leadership. In this role, she led six field offices and represented the Department as the liaison to mayors, state and local officials, members of Congress, private and non-profit developers and the news media. Fields also served for 20 years as the founding executive director of the Rhode Island office of Local Initiatives and Support Corporation (LISC),  a national leader in community development. In this capacity, she established a strong reputation as a results-driven convener on strategic community issues.


Fields graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University. She also earned a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


Rebecca Swartz led this search with Micah Pierce and Ryan Leichenauer.



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