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Urban Resource Institute CEO Nathaniel M. Fields Named to Crain’s New York Notable Black Leaders for Second Year in a Row

NEW YORK (February 22, 2022) Crain’s New York Business names Nathaniel M. Fields, chief executive officer of Urban Resource Institute (URI), to the 2022 list of Notable Black Leaders. For the second year, Fields is being celebrated among “talented and accomplished Black individuals whose professional and communal achievements enhance New York City and the lives of its inhabitants.” The honorees represent a wide range of industries, including law, medicine, engineering, finance, construction, entertainment, and nonprofit.

“I am deeply honored to be included once again on the Crain’s New York list of Notable Black Leaders, a list that includes incredible peers across the public and private sectors who are improving our city and driving positive change,” noted Fields. “It is especially meaningful this year as 2022 marks my 10-year anniversary spearheading URI and leading our mission to transform the lives of vulnerable populations impacted by domestic violence and homelessness. This achievement is possible only through the passion, dedication, and excellence of the entire URI team who continues to remain focused on our mission.”

URI is the largest provider of domestic violence residential services in the US and a leading provider of shelter services for homeless families, reaching 40,000 individuals annually through education, prevention, and intervention programs in 25 sites and numerous middle and high schools across New York City. During a decade-long tenure leading URI, Fields has transformed the agency in size, scope, and services by implementing a sound strategic direction focused on service excellence, staff opportunity, programmatic innovation, and mission impact in New York City and beyond.

In addition to the latest Crain’s recognition, Fields was recently named to City & State New York’s 2021 Responsible 100 list, and he is actively engaged in leadership roles for numerous organizations and councils, including: the Human Services Committee of the transition team for NYC Mayor Eric Adams; the Board of the Human Services Council; the NYC Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council on “reopening” NYC; NYS Council on Women and Girls’ COVID-19 DV task force; NYC Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence’s COVID-19 Response Work; NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence’s Fatality Review Committee; and NYC Mayor’s Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council. He has co-chaired the NYC Coalition of Domestic Violence Residential Providers for over ten years.

URI has the capacity to shelter 2,200 individuals at 25 NYC-based sites daily and offers both emergency and transitional domestic violence and homeless residential services, as well as pet-friendly DV shelters, that remain open and available every day. For more information visit www.urinyc.org, or for immediate assistance, call NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

About Urban Resource Institute (URI)

Urban Resource Institute (URI) transforms the lives of domestic violence survivors and homeless families in New York City by empowering individuals, families, and communities, particularly communities of color and other vulnerable populations, to end cycles of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma by increasing safety and resiliency. As the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the US and a leading provider of homeless services, URI’s programs impact more than 40,000 individuals annually through prevention, intervention, education, and direct services in both residential and non-residential settings. With a commitment to innovation and a trauma-informed approach to program development and client service, URI is uniquely equipped to provide solutions to the challenges affecting New York City’s most vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on communities of color, while influencing service providers across the US and the world. For more information, please visit www.urinyc.org.


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