Pearlene is a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn and the oldest of 5 children. Her mother Frederica was a New Yorker, her Grandmother Thelma was a New Yorker and she has always held New York close to her heart.
Pearlene truly understands what it means to struggle and has had her fair share of struggle-meals growing up in Brooklyn (like a sugar bread or syrup sandwich or a bologna and government cheese sandwich). As a young woman she was homeless a few times for reasons beyond her control. Each time she had to advocate for herself to get the help she needed, desperately trying to navigate a broken system that make it difficult for the vulnerable. Now Pearlene is a passionate, knowledgeable advocate for others in need and for reforms to improve the community at large. She feels a calling to help people in need because she knows both how it feels and the overlooked challenges people face.
Pearlene also knows success. From humble beginnings, she relentlessly pursued her education, going from local public school all the way to graduate school internationally, giving back throughout.
Pearlene attended P.S. 299 in Bushwick before transferring to P.S. 181 in Flatbush due to a house fire that forced her and her family to move to a new neighborhood while in third grade. She went on to I.S. 246 Walt Whitman Junior High and briefly attended Erasmus Hall high school before attending the Oneonta Job Corps Center, where she received office and computer skills training and a general equivalency diploma.
While attending Pace University in the evening, she worked at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation during the day. She also took a summer course with Oxford University in 2006. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Professional Studies from Pace and completed Graduate school at Middlesex University in London, where she studied International Relations.
Pearlene has spent over 20 years working in Business Administration at non-profit organizations like JDRF as a Grants Administrator, UNICEF where she was a Program Assistant, and the United Nations Secretariat Department of Peace Operations, Office of Military Affairs where she assisted the Chief of Staff in the front office.
Community activities include being a Young Associate fundraising team leader with Trickle Up, an organization that creates opportunities for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, in 2004-2005. More recent activities in her community include raising over $14,000 for entertainment activities for under-privileged children at several organizations like Children of Promise and Women In Need shelter as well as public schools like Walt Whitman Middle School. She also did a mini campaign to raise funding to provide much needed supplies to Women In Need shelter and Covenant House and food for front-line heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pearlene believes that no one should lose the roof over their head due to lack of equal opportunities and equal access to resources. As a result, she has served as both a member of the Board of Directors for 10 years and Board President for 3 years at the Sierra House, an organization in East Orange, NJ that assists homeless mothers and their children. Pearlene is also a member of the Brooklyn Community Board 17 (CB17) where she is on the Land-Use committee and is the Chair of the Housing committee.
Pearlene knows that it is time for real change and precisely how to enact it. She will be the change that she wants to see. She believes housing and healthcare is a human right. That is why she is running to become your next Brooklyn Borough President. She is not accepting corporate PAC money. She is not full of B.S. She is all Brooklyn. All heart.
As your next Borough President Pearlene will focus on:
"Real" Affordable housing calculated with a lower AMI and available for those who need it most.
Public safety and police reform.
Education Parity: Which would include pay raises for teachers and more public-school funding for STEAM and apprenticeships.
Easier access to capital to create small business growth.
Vote Pearlene Fields on June 22, 2021 for a better Brooklyn.