Jason Fields announced as next MadREP president and CEO
Finance professional and state legislator Jason Fields grabs the baton from retiring Paul Jadin.
The Madison Region Economic Partnership, or MadREP, Board of Directors have officially chosen its new leading man — Jason Fields, who has many years of experience in the political and financial spheres. Fields will take over for Paul Jadin as president and CEO of the economic development organization.
Fields has served Milwaukee as a legislator within the Wisconsin State Assembly, in addition to his careers as a finance professional.
“I, like so many other Wisconsinites, have enjoyed watching the Madison region’s growth these last several years,” Fields says. “It’s with great enthusiasm that I join the MadREP team to play a pivotal role in that evolution.”
MadREP specializes in seizing financially advantageous development opportunities across an 8-county region, so Fields’ varied expertise was critical to his appointment.
In addition to his legislative work, he is the founder and managing director of Dark Knight Capital Ventures, where he and his colleagues make an active effort to loop more racial minorities, women and other historically underserved founders into the market. Fields also is the CEO of The Financial Promise Foundation Inc., which has a mission of building personal financial and business literacy within the communities it serves.
So as we head into the new year with Fields at the forefront of MadREP, the organization will be tackling the region’s new comprehensive strategy Advance Now 2.0.
This strategy aims to shift the priorities and attitudes of Madison-area communities based on a thorough study of each significant sector: agriculture, food and beverage, advanced marketing, health care, information communications technology and bioscience.
More specifically, Advance Now 2.0 is centered around collaboration among cities and communities in order to foster economic growth and ensure equal access to opportunities for all residents. By developing a more robust brand for the greater Madison region, building on existing two-year, four-year and technical programs, and looking into improved broadband connectivity, Fields and his counterparts seem to ultimately be focused on accessibility.
“Jason will inherit a capable staff and an ambitious strategic plan to grow the region.” says retiring CEO Paul Jadin in a news release. “It’s been an honor to serve the region these last eight years and I look forward to watching it continue to flourish under Jason’s leadership.”