President & CEO
C. Virginia Fields, MSW has been the President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) since 2008. She brings to the position over eighteen years of experience as an elected official in New York City, where she won widespread praise as a consensus builder around important city, state and national policy issues.
Mrs. Fields was at the forefront of community battles in the early 1980s to secure housing for people living with AIDS. As Manhattan Borough President, she was instrumental in the allocation of millions of dollars for programmatic support to community-based organizations and educational institutions, borough-wide. In 2005, Mrs. Fields was a Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York City, becoming the first African American woman to seek that office. In 2008, she was appointed to the New York State AIDS Advisory Council by then Gov. David A. Paterson. In 2011, Mrs. Fields was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Region II Health Equity Council, one of ten across the nation addressing health disparities and social determinants of health.
A graduate of Indiana University’s School of Social Work, Mrs. Fields served as an adjunct lecturer at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She is a recipient of numerous awards, citations and honors of distinction for her leadership on education, health, community and economic issues.