Before joining the Food & Water Watch team, Doug had a twenty-year career in Pittsburgh’s City Council (1992-2012). During his tenure, Shields was recognized for his expertise in municipal finance, planning, zoning & land use, and as a legislative writer and strategist. He also consistently championed social-justice issues.
Prior to entering public service, Doug spent eight years as an environmental litigation paralegal at two prestigious Pittsburgh law firms serving the corporate sector. In addition to general corporate/commercial litigation, he focused on asbestos-related claims, CERCLA 107(a) cost recovery actions and, regulatory matters related to conventional methane gas drilling.
Doug has also been an adjunct instructor, teaching political and organizational leadership courses at Duquesne University. He’s also been a guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GISPIA), and the Heinz Endowment’s CORO program.
Over his public service career, he served as a board member or trustee at: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Regional Development Funding Corp, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Community Technical Assistance Corp. and the Pittsburgh Comprehensive Pension Trust Fund. He also chaired the 2001 Pittsburgh Reapportionment Commission.
Doug is married to Briget Shields (40 years!). They have two adult children and reside in Pittsburgh, PA. He can be reached at dshields(at)fwwatch.org.