EDR – Thomas FieldsThomas Fields, a resident of Long Beach since 1976, began his service to the City on the Economic Development Commission and from there was appointed by then-Mayor Beverly O’Neill to the Shipyard Reuse Advisory Committee, which devised the reuse plan that ultimately awarded the former Naval Shipyard property to the Port of Long Beach. Mayor O’Neill later named him to the City’s Planning Commission on 1997, a position he held until 2003. He was then asked to serve on the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency Board, where he became Chair, completing his term in 2007. Two years later, in December 2009, Thomas was appointed to the Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Bob Foster.
He is the founder and owner of Thomas Fields Associates, a Long Beach marketing and advertising agency. He launched his career as an advertising agency writer-producer in New York and Los Angeles writing ads and commercials for Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Evian, Hanes, Burger King and Prudential.
Thomas and his wife, Susan Bibby, a psychotherapist in private practice, have been married since 1977. They have two children, Tylan who is an IT Systems Engineer in Los Angeles and Tamara, who is a public school teacher in San Francisco.
He seeks to balance his corporate, for-profit work by creating advertising for non-profit, socially responsible organizations. As a result, he has developed marketing and advertising campaigns for the Long Beach Museum of Art, Watts Health Foundation, Andy Street and Fred Jordan Missions. He also served as vice president on the inaugural board of directors for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.