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 around the world to defend their human rights and environment. She has worked as a lawyer supporting community human rights and environmental grievances 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. Most recently, she co-taught a Stanford Law School Policy Lab with Professor Paul Brest 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, and through her own law office, she litigated corporate, human rights, and environmental cases in US courts, including the first case to render a jury verdict on crimes against humanity.
She 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. She 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. She speaks fluent Spanish, conversant German, and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three kids.