Polly Fields has been working in philanthropy for more than 20 years in a number of fields: global health, education, technology, and the arts. She has held leadership positions in the private and nonprofit sectors, and also serves as a Trustee for her family’s foundation. Polly has devoted her personal and professional life to protecting human rights for local and global communities around the world.
Most recently, Polly was Head of Social Impact at Dropbox and launched the Dropbox Foundation prior to the company going public in 2018. In addition to developing the company’s human rights portfolio, she spearheaded employee giving, developed community engagement partnerships, and supported the company’s first sustainability efforts. Prior to Dropbox, Polly spent 8 years in public affairs and government affairs roles at Gilead Sciences, a company known for its HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis treatments. She focused on expanding Gilead’s treatment access efforts in the developing world, the Gilead Foundation, and health policy initiatives, working in close collaboration with U.S. and international policymakers, multilateral donor organizations, academic institutions, clinicians, and NGOs. Polly was also the first Chief of Staff for President Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Initiative, working in Africa and the Caribbean to partner with country governments to develop and implement national HIV/AIDS care and treatment plans.
Polly earned her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She has served on the Board of Visitors at Wake Forest University and the Board of Orphans of Rwanda. She is involved with the Maranyundo School in Rwanda, Partners In Health, Children’s Day School, and the DO School. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two sons.