Virtual Luncheon with Ed Fields
Ed Fields serves as Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist for the City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office. In his role, Ed is responsible for strategic planning, thought leadership and supporting transformative projects on behalf of Mayor Randall Woodfin, a leader whom he has supported as friend and campaign manager in his successful bid for mayor. Previously, Ed co-founded and led Relax, It’s Handled, a nationally-recognized, award-winning association and event management company for eight years before selling the company. Ed has also served in key leadership roles in major institutions such as the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and Alabama Media Group, Alabama’s largest news media organization with publications such as AL.com, Birmingham magazine, and The Birmingham News. A transplant from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ed received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Alabama State University and earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Alabama’s prestigious Manderson School of Business. He has also received his Institute of Management (IOM) designation, a nonprofit management certification, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is a 2018 member of the Bloomberg-Harvard City Leadership Initiative as well as the Harvard Business School Young American Leadership Program. Ed has served as a partner in diversity and inclusion for both community-driven and corporate-driven organizations, including his role as founder, executive, civic leader, and producer.Recently, Ed served as board chairman for the Community Investment Network, a national network of philanthropists with a mission to inspire and support collective giving in and among communities of color. Ed has received numerous awards and accolades from organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Business Journal, Birmingham Business Alliance, Alabama State University College of Business Administration, and the City of Birmingham where he was named Minority Business Advocate of the Year.