The Museum of African American History recently elected Carmen Fields chairperson of its board of directors. Fields, the director of community relations/economic development-New England for National Grid, has been a member of the museum’s board since 2004.
“I am looking forward to her elegant management skills, incisive decision-making and quick-witted wisdom to propel the museum forward,” said Beverly Morgan-Welch, executive director of the museum. “I also have so much to gain from her leadership.”
Fields is well-known as a print and broadcast journalist and communications specialist. She was a part of the Boston Globe team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of school desegregation in Boston, and had reporting/anchor stints at WHDH-TV and WGBH-TV.
Fields served as the press secretary for Suffolk County District Attorney Ralph C. Martin II. She was also senior director of communications for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay before moving in 2002 to KeySpan, now National Grid.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Fields earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Lincoln University in Missouri and a Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.
“I look forward to the opportunities as well as unique challenges in securing the future of this jewel of an institution,” said Fields.