As Chief Executive Officer of Urban Resource Institute (URI), Nathaniel Fields is responsible for leading the organization’s long-and short-term strategy and the implementation of its vision and mission.
Informed by two decades of practical work and achievement in social and human services, Nathaniel has spearheaded the transformation of URI in size, scope and services for vulnerable populations in New York City, particularly victims of domestic violence. Since taking the helm of the organization in 2012, he has transformed it into a dynamic, multi-service agency, nearly tripling the budget and building it into the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the country.
Under his leadership, URI has focused on innovation, exemplified by groundbreaking programs focused on prevention as well as services, such as People and Animals Living Safely (PALS), Legal Education Advocacy Program (LEAP), Career Exploration Program, Abusive Partner Intervention Program (APIP), and Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) targeting youth and teens. To further his vision, Nathaniel is committed to a Culture of Excellence and an environment with data-driven, measurable outcomes.
Nathaniel serves in leadership roles for numerous organizations and councils, including: the Board of the Human Services Council; NYC Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services 2020 Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council on “reopening” New York City; the special COVID-19 domestic violence task force of the New York State Council on Women and Girls; the COVID-19 Response Work Group of the New York City Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV); the Fatality Review Committee of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence; and the New York City Mayor’s Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council. He has led the New York City Coalition of Domestic Violence Residential Providers as co-chair for over ten years, and in 2019 was named to the New York City and State “Nonprofit Power 100” list.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a focus on black and Hispanic studies and a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University, and completed an executive leadership and certificate program in the not-for-profit sector at New York University. Born and raised in New York, Nathaniel has firsthand knowledge of the challenges affecting New York’s most vulnerable communities, as well as the positive work being done to effect structural changes. Working directly with marginalized groups, Nathaniel has seen that when investments are made in communities, they can thrive. At URI, Nathaniel enjoys being part of a community of people committed to improving the lives of others. When asked to identify his vision for URI, he states, “Hope is at the cornerstone of everything we do.”
Dr. Carla Smith is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Urban Resource Institute. In this role, she oversees the strategic direction, design, implementation, operation, and evaluation of URI’s programs. Prior to coming to URI, Dr. Smith served as the Director of Finance and Administration at the NYC Antiviolence Project, where she oversaw finance, operations, human resources and administration. She also has experience as an administrator of direct services as a former provider of services to homeless individuals and families, individuals with HIV/AIDS, survivors of intimate partner violence, and other underserved communities. She has a Doctorate of Education in Executive Leadership from Saint John Fisher College and was the co-author of a paper on domestic violence and HIV/AIDS that was published in the American Journal of Public Health. In 2020 Dr. Smith was appointed to the Pace University Lubin School of Business Transformative Leadership Program Advisory Panel.
Marsha Bonner is the Vice President of People and Culture at Urban Resource Institute. Marsha is a diversity and inclusion advocate and change agent with over 15 years of experience across all areas of human resources within for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Passionate about driving improvement efforts through the design and implementation of innovative programs, processes, policies, and procedures, Marsha is recognized for her strategic approach to transform organizational culture, maximize recruitment productivity, and boost staff performance and retention, producing operational cost-savings and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts. She previously held positions in human resources at The New York Times, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, VillageCare, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Marsha holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Change Management from The New School and a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from Baruch College. She also holds a professional certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.
Charles Carroll joined Urban Resource Institute in 2017 as the Vice President of Operations. In 2020 he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Asset Management. He is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of all Urban Resource Institute’s 27 properties throughout the New York City. Mr. Carroll negotiates and administers lease agreements and manages capital projects for the construction and renovation of office space and transitional housing facilities. Prior to joining URI, he served people living with HIV/AIDS for 22 years, including eight years at Harlem United where he held multiple positions beginning as Associate Vice President for Adult Day Healthcare programs, eventually advancing to the role of Chief Operating Officer. He holds a Bachelor Science degree from Saint Thomas Aquinas College.
Deepal S. Chadha is Deputy General Counsel of Urban Resource Institute. In his role, he advises on matters of corporate governance, procurement, finance, real estate transactions and projects, and labor relations and employment. Deepal also provides counsel to senior management and staff on legal issues relating to programs, including legislative and regulatory issues affecting the organization’s delivery of services. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Cornell University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law, where he served on the Fordham Law Review and was Co-President of the South Asian Law Student Association. Prior to joining URI, Deepal was Assistant General Counsel of Safe Horizon, Inc., a leading victim assistance non-profit, where he served as Co-Chair of both the Anti-Racism Steering Committee Policy Subcommittee and the Persons of Color Leadership Affinity Group. Before joining Safe Horizon, he was an Associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and served as an extern with Hon. Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.