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Natalie Fields

Founder & Executive Director, Accountability Counsel


Natalie Bridgeman Fields is the Founder and Executive Director of Accountability Counsel. She leads the organization of community-driven lawyers, policy advocates, and researchers working to amplify the voices of people to defend their environmental and human rights. Natalie has worked as a lawyer supporting communities to challenge abuses in dozens of countries. She lectures and has published on the topics of accountability in development finance, impact investing, incentives, international law, and global governance. She is co-teaching a Stanford Law School Law and Policy Lab in 2018 on accountability in impact investing. Previously, she served as a consultant on accountability for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank Inspection Panel. Earlier in her career, as a lawyer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and through her own law office, Natalie litigated corporate, human rights, and environmental cases in U.S. courts, including the first case to render a jury verdict on crimes against humanity. Natalie has been recognized for her social entrepreneurship as an Echoing Green Fellow, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, and Fellow at the Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development, and The Rule of Law. Natalie is a graduate of Cornell University, where she was a Udall Scholar, and received her law degree from UCLA School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. Natalie speaks fluent Spanish, conversant German, and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three kids.

Regional Focus

Oceania, Central and Southern Asia, Eastern Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Middle East and North Africa, West and Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa