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Samantha Fields

Budget Director, City of Chicago

Samantha S. Fields was appointed as the Budget Director for the City of Chicago in July 2017. In her role, Fields leads a team of analysts who develop and monitor the City’s annual budget of $10 billion, review and evaluate program performance, and provide analysis, recommendations and advice to the Mayor and Council on a variety of fiscal, economic, and policy issues. She continues to build on initiatives that enhance government efficiencies, department fiscal management and transparency.

Before becoming the Budget Director, Fields served as the Commissioner for the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). There she worked on initiatives to streamline the City’s business licensing process and the elimination of barriers to doing business in Chicago. Fields previously served as First Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs where she worked on matters that ranged from transparency with privatization and financial transactions to police accountability. She also organized City Council meetings, helped craft the Mayor’s legislative agenda and negotiated and drafted legislation on a range of issues. Fields also worked in the Office of Governor Pat Quinn as the Deputy Chief of Staff where she had oversight of the operations and policies for human service agencies including the Departments of Aging, Children and Family Services, and Juvenile Justice.

Fields received her law degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and her undergraduate from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of the bar for Illinois and the District of Columbia.