Walter Fields has devoted his life to the pursuit of justice for underserved communities and the civil protection of the disadvantaged. His commitment to the uplift of humanity began at age 13 when he became the youngest political appointee in the history of his hometown, serving on the Hackensack (NJ) Youth Guidance Council. Throughout his undergraduate years at Morgan State University and graduate education at New York University, he continued his role as a social justice advocate, working to advance diversity and inclusion in institutional settings. Professionally, Walter Fields has been involved in campaigns to preserve the civil justice system, assist families of the incarcerated to preserve familial ties, promote violence reduction between African-American youth, build alliances across diverse communities, close the racial achievement gap in public education, and protect voting rights among a myriad of projects. In addition, he has engaged in a number of international projects aimed at fostering democratization and human rights.
He is the founder of the Black Parents Workshop, Inc., a parents advocacy organization based in South Orange-Maplewood, NJ that championed a landmark federal lawsuit on behalf of students in the local school district. Upon his relocation to Maryland, he has assumed the role of Co-Chairperson of Strong Schools Maryland, a statewide education equity advocacy organization.
His background includes work as an award-winning journalist and experience in every medium of journalism – daily press, magazines, radio, television and Internet news. Walter Fields has also been a strong advocate for diversity in media and accountability in reporting. He currently serves as the Executive Editor of NorthStarNews.com.
Walter Fields holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Morgan State University, a Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in public policy analyses and a professional certificate in not-for-profit management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, where he was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center as an inaugural National Science Foundation Fellow. He is a proud member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., one of the 'Divine 9' National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, serves as the fraternity's National Director of Communications, and is a member of Gamma Omicron Omega Alumni Chapter. Walter is also a Trustee of the historic Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland and serves on the Board of its Zion Development Corporation.