Sylvia V. Fields

Executive Director
Eden Hall Foundation

Lifelong Pennsylvanian Sylvia V. Fields has led Eden Hall Foundation since 1996. More than just a veteran grant maker and administrator, Sylvia is an exemplary leader. 

Throughout her career, Sylvia has worked to build a better community by focusing on opportunities for women, girls and underserved youth. She initiated the Women in Philanthropy program with Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, and she’s a founding member of the African American Funders Group of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Her leadership of the Eden Hall Foundation is driven by the Foundation’s view through a woman’s lens to improve the quality of life for all people throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

The needs of women, families, and communities in which we live are priorities for the legacy created by Heinz Company executive Sebastian Mueller. The Foundation’s roots in Mueller’s estate began when he endowed his family’s Eden Hall Farm as a home for women in need in 1938. Since 2008, Eden Hall Foundation has extended Mueller’s impact as Eden Hall Farm was gifted to Chatham University while the Foundation’s strategic grantmaking supports organizations in communities throughout the region.

Sylvia Fields began her grantmaking career at the Duquesne Light Company, where she was best known for establishing a Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. 

Education: The alumna of Seton Hill College earned a master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University.

Board service:  Now sits on the board of the World Affairs Council of America and serves as board president of the YWCA USA. A past director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, Seton Hill University, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.  

Awards and honors: Sylvia’s numerous awards include Pittsburgh’s 50 Most Influential African American Women by the New Pittsburgh Courier, the Governor’s Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award and Pittsburgh’s ATHENA Award.

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