Expert on countering violent extremism joins Creative Associates International
May 8, 2017
Kim Field brings 30 years of State & Defense Departments experience to Creative
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General and former State Department official Kim Field has joined Creative Associates International as Director of the organization’s Countering Violent Extremism Practice Area.
Field will oversee projects aimed at promoting peace and tolerance and minimizing the factors that can lead to violent extremism. She will also lend her expertise to other Practice Areas as they incorporate into their projects strategies that prevent and counter violent extremism.
She brings more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. military and the State Department to Creative’s expanding efforts to respond to radicalization and violent extremism around the world.
After stints supporting civilian agencies in conflict-affected areas including Somalia, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Haiti, Iraq and Syria, Field says she wanted to work more directly with non-military interventions.
“Many years of work in the military led me to conclude that we will not shoot our way out of the global phenomenon that is violent extremism,” she said. “Creative really appeals to me. The company’s long-standing work in conflict zones, especially at the local level, its willingness to embrace innovation and its agile, smart partnerships are things I was looking for after I left government.”
Field graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1987 and then went on to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She most recently served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
She was previously Deputy Director for Middle East in the political-military affairs office on the Joint Staff, and as the Deputy Director for Army Strategy helped craft the Army’s way forward during a significant period of transition.
“We are very privileged to have Kim – with her extensive military and interagency experience – join Creative. She will not only contribute insightful thought leadership for countering violent extremism but also bring valuable senior management skills to continue growing our successful CVE Practice Area,” says Tom Wheelock, Senior Vice President and Senior Director of Creative’s Communities in Transition Division.
Field’s expertise, experience and commitment are wonderful resources for the entire Creative team, he says.
For 40 years Creative has addressed the root causes of extremism through development, using local insight to build solutions by promoting counter-narratives, engaging marginalized communities and applying good governance practices.