Los Angeles Unified School
****Valerie Fields, a former
Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school
teacher, served in a variety of capacities on Mayor Tom
Bradley's Executive Staff during his five terms as Mayor
from 1973 to 1993. For more than fifteen years, she was his
education advisor and liaison to the Los Angeles Unified
School and Community College Districts. The Mayor's charge
to Fields was to do whatever was needed to be supportive of
public education. This assignment required Ms. Fields to
keep in very close touch with parents, teachers,
administrators, members of the Board of Education and
teacher union members and officials. As education advisor
and liaison, she helped constituents, including parents,
teachers and students, resolve problems with the districts.
Fields staffed the Mayor's Education Advisory Committee that
established the APPLE Awards given o outstanding teachers,
administrators and volunteers of the Los Angeles Unified
School District. The Mayor and Ms. Fields both felt
gratified when they were able to work with district and
union officials to help avoid labor disputes.
**** Ms. Fields'
responsibilities over the twenty years of Tom Bradley's
tenure as Mayor included service as his arts advisor. In the
final three years of the Bradley administration, that role
was expanded to include the entertainment industry. During
the Bradley administration, Ms. Fields was the Mayor's
alternate on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of
**** Valerie Fields also was
a coordinator of the Host Committee for the Grammy Awards;
the Mayor's representative to his Blue Ribbon Committee on
the Entertainment Industry, the Theater in Los Angeles,
Barnsdall Arts Park, and the Los Angeles Theater center.
Valerie Fields worked closely with the Motion Picture
Producers Association, the Congressional Arts Caucus, the
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, museums, and
theater and musical groups. That the arts grew and
flourished in Los Angeles during the Bradley administration
is due in no small part to her efforts.
**** During her service with
the Mayor, Ms. Fields also was liaison to the Personnel,
Fire and Police Pensions, City Employees Retirement and
Animal Regulation departments and the Commission on the
Status of Women which she shepherded from an advisory
committee to full-fledged commission. She also served as his
representative to West Los Angeles and the Jewish and Muslim
**** Ms. Fields serves on
the Music Center Education Division Council and has been
Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American
Jewish Committee and chair of its Urban Affairs Committee.
Fields founded a multi-ethnic women's discussion group under
the aegis of the American Jewish Committee, which she
co-chairs with Dr. Geraldine Washington, President of the
Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP. She is a member of the
Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Los Angeles
Jewish Federation Council, and sits on the Steering
Committee of the African-American/Jewish Leadership Council.
Ms. Fields was a founding member of the non-profit
organization, JazzAmerica, which provides free summer master
classes in jazz to high school music students. Fields is a
member of the Board of Directors of public radio station
KLON, the jazz station.
**** A graduate of New
Jersey State Teachers College at Newark (now Kean College),
she taught elementary school in New Jersey and in Los
Angeles. Married to retired Superior Court Judge, Jerry K.
Fields, she is the mother of four and the grandmother of