Vikings add executive

Kimberly Fields, who spent the past six years working for the NFL, has been hired as the Vikings' director of civic and business affairs. Fields will work on civic, business and ownership initiatives for all the departments within the organization.

The Vikings announced the hiring of Kimberly Fields (photo) for the newly created position hybrid with a business and community role as director of civic and business affairs.  Fields becomes the team's only female executive and the highest-ranking black female front-office member since the early 1990s.

I know, my first thought in hearing the name Kimberly Fields was “Tootie” from “Facts of Life.”

In reality it looks like the Vikings have landed themselves a very capable, proven and well-respective business executive who understands the National Football League.

“We are fortunate to add someone of Kimberly's ability and background to the Vikings' family,” said Vikings President Mark Wilf.  “Her background with some of the NFL's prominent events, such as the Super Bowl, will provide our staff with a unique resource.  Kimberly is well-respected in NFL circles and she will be an important part of our organization as we build for the future.”

Fields joins the Vikings after spending six years at the NFL, most recently as the Manager of Events Business Development.  In that role she was charged with enhancing opportunities for local women and minority-owned businesses to participate in the production of the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl.  Fields oversaw the sanctioned event process and assisted with the management of the Super Bowl bid process and the special events' strategic plan.

Prior to working in the events department, Fields was the Manager of Career Transition Programs within the Player and Employee Development Department.  She was responsible for providing assistance to NFL players in all aspects of continuing education, degree completion, graduate school preparation, life skills program and personal development through career counseling.

Fields also spent time as the Community Relations/Fan Development Coordinator for the WNBA. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in systems engineering at the University of Virginia, where she competed in track and field for the Cavaliers.

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