Founder & Executive Director, Accountability Counsel
Natalie Bridgeman Fields, founder and executive director of Accountability Counsel, is an attorney with two decades of experience in advocating globally for environmental and human rights. Through her leadership, Accountability Counsel is working alongside communities that have been harmed by development projects to demand justice, and to create and improve systems of accountability in development finance. She has consulted for NGOs and international financial institutions on accountability issues and has litigated corporate accountability, human rights and environmental cases in U.S. federal courts.
Her experience ranges from serving as a partner in advocacy with indigenous communities in Latin America, to challenging abuse and creating policy change at the highest levels of government. Echoing Green and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation have both recognized Fields for her groundbreaking approach to advancing rights.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, where she received a Udall Scholarship and the Schwerner National Activist Award, and holds a law degree from UCLA School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. Fields is fluent in Spanish and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and children.