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NathanielFields2The Urban Resource Institute (URI) today announced the appointment of Nathaniel Fields as President, effective May 7, 2012. In this role, Mr. Fields will focus on the execution of the organization’s vision and strategic direction, including the nearly $20 million budget.

A veteran of the human services non-profit industry for more than 25 years, most recently Mr. Fields served as the Senior Vice President of the Domestic Violence Shelter Division and the Hotline Programs at Safe Horizon, a victim services agency in New York City. Prior to joining Safe Horizon, Mr. Fields spent 16 years at URI in various roles culminating into the administration of more than 17 facilities and 21 programs serving approximately 4,000 clients.

The Urban Resource Institute is a non-profit organization providing health and human services for more than thirty years throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens to victims of domestic violence, including shelter, legal and advocacy support; services for persons with disabilities such as housing, training and employment programs; in addition to programs for addiction and alcoholism.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Mr. Fields caliber to lead the Urban Resource Institute, said Whittaker Mack, Chair, Board of Trustees, Urban Resource Institute. “Mr. Fields brings to us broad knowledge of and deep passion for the human services industry, proven leadership and extensive expertise in our key areas of direct service delivery. Energetic and engaging, he is ideally suited to take URI to the next level and we are delighted to welcome him back.”

Fields said, “I am very excited to return to the Urban Resource Institute to serve as President. This is an important time in the history of the organization and I am eager to continue the great services and programs that we provide to the community. I also have my eye on the future and will actively seek opportunities to enhance and grow the Urban Resource Institute.”

In addition, Mr. Fields holds key leadership positions in the field of domestic violence. He is considered a thought leader and subject matter expert in the domestic violence movement and continues to influence the field through community leadership positions such as Co-Chair of the New York City Coalition of Residential Domestic Violence Providers and Board Member of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Mr. Fields holds a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and is licensed to practice social work in New York State.

About URI

The Urban Resource Institute was established in 1980 to identify problems impacting the residents of New York City and to assist in their resolution. URI fulfills its mission through research, client advocacy, and the delivery of vital human services. After more than thirty years of growth, URI effectively delivers a broad range of health and human services to some of the city’s most vulnerable communities. A multi-cultural, non-profit agency dedicated to empowering inner city residents, URI is incorporated in New York State as a multi-service resource and research corporation.