Los Angeles Unified School District
Board Member

 

Valerie Fields

****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 Contemporary Art.
**** 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 communities.
**** 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 three.