Executive Director Yolanda Fields headshot
Our New Executive Director

Yolanda Fields

Yolanda Fields is a committed and passionate non-profit and community leader. She started her 20-year career with East Garfield Park-based Breakthrough, as a volunteer in 2001, after seeking to make a positive impact following the events of September 11, 2001. Prior to joining Breakthrough, Yolanda spent 10 years leading teams at a major telecommunications company.

In her current role as Chief Program Officer, Yolanda directs all of Breakthrough’s adult programs, which includes housing, homeless services, violence prevention, workforce development, behavioral health, and food access programming. During her tenure at Breakthrough, Yolanda has walked alongside those experiencing homelessness and crisis and provided exceptional leadership for the largest team in the organization. Her compassionate leadership has created a culture of dignity and respect for all.

Yolanda resides on the West Side of Chicago and is also the Director of Women’s Ministry at New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, located in East Garfield Park. Yolanda is an integral board member of the Advocate Charitable Foundation, providing resources to organizations across the West Side.

Yolanda will become Breakthrough’s Executive Director effective April 1, 2021.

Community Advocate

Yolanda lives in and is committed to the West Side of Chicago.

Seasoned Leader

Yolanda has been leading at Breakthrough for over 15 years.

Vision Shaper

Yolanda has been a key voice in shaping the vision and work of Breakthrough.

Our New Executive Director

Press Release

Please download and use this press release as you recognize and celebrate our new Executive Director, Yolanda Fields. Yolanda will become Breakthrough’s Executive Director effective April 1, 2021.

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Arloa Sutter in Garfield Park

Breakthrough’s Founder and former Executive Director, Arloa Sutter, will continue to live in the East Garfield Park neighborhood and be part of the Breakthrough family.