President and CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
C. Virginia Fields is the President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA). She brings to the position over eighteen years of experience as an elected official, where she won widespread praise as a consensus builder around important city, state and national policy issues.
During her tenure, the NBLCA has grown to include affiliate chapters in 11 cities, nationwide. Ms. Fields’ expertise in government and politics led to the successful implementation of noteworthy public policy achievements in domestic and international HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.
In 2008, Ms. Fields was appointed to the New York State AIDS Advisory Council by then Governor David A. Paterson. In 2011, Ms. Fields was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Region II Health Equity Council, one of ten such regional councils across the nation addressing health disparities and social determinants of health.
Ms. Fields is the former President of the Borough of Manhattan, New York City. She was elected Manhattan Borough President, chief executive of 1.5 million residents in 1997 and re-elected in 2001. In 2005, she was a Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York City, becoming the first African-American woman to seek that office. She served as a member of the New York City Council from 1989 -1998, upon her election to the position of Manhattan Borough President.
During her tenure as an elected official, Ms. Fields established programs, and supported services and budgets that strengthened the capacity of community-based organizations that serve populations infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. She was in the forefront of community battles in the early 1980s to secure housing for people living with AIDS. As Borough President, Ms. Fields was instrumental in the allocation of millions of dollars for programmatic support to community-based organizations, citywide.