Elizabeth A. Fields joined the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2018 as its Director of Development before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer. She brings over 20 years of non-profit leadership experience to the Foundation, having previously held a variety of executive roles with National Public Radio (NPR), the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and Michigan State University.
Learning to collaborate during a crisis was a pivotal building block in her leadership development, particularly in the weeks and months after 9/11. Taking collective action with a unified goal in mind, and in keeping with the best interests of her colleagues, has likewise proved crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic -- particularly in how the Foundation accomplishes its mission.
In her leisure time, Elizabeth enjoys surfing, baseball, cycling, and playing golf. She thrives on the grit, passion, determination, and strength required of each activity. Throughout her career, she has learned that passion is the most important trait of being happy and successful as a leader. Using this passion has allowed her to evaluate and build short-term and long-term approaches in multiple industries including, not-for-profit, higher education, public radio, and military/veterans/first-responders. Creating collaborative environments, trusting people to do their jobs, empowering staff, giving credit where credit is due, and providing support and guidance are all values she takes to heart.
Elizabeth earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at the University of Arizona. Giving back to our nation’s heroes is both a privilege and an honor for Elizabeth, whose father served in the Army during the Korean War.