2022 Top 20 Impact Makers Honorees
Varda and Jess Fields
2022 Top 20 Power Couple Impact Maker Award
Saturday, February 5, 2022
The St. Regis Houston
Service, family, heritage, and living life to the fullest inspire Varda and Jess Fields every day to support their community and help improve the lives of others.
Varda is the secretary treasurer and head of special projects and development at Rosewood Funeral Home. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Varda moved to the United States after serving in the Israeli Air Force and the intelligence unit of the Tel Aviv police. After moving to Houston 35 years ago, she began a career in the fashion industry. While bringing up her children, Varda became active in Hadassah and is a life member of her local chapter.
Varda has continued her life of service to the city since then. Her recent commitments include: serving as an ambassador for The Women’s Home, where she has helped raise funds and empower women through events and appearances; sitting on the advisory board of American Friends of Sheba Medical Center Southwest Region; and serving as an ambassador for KNOWAutism, bringing awareness to, and fundraising for, the Houston organization. With a love of supporting women and children in need, and a deep passion for Israel and Jewish charities, Varda’s additional philanthropic efforts extend to Holocaust Museum Houston, AIPAC, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, FIDF, Crime Stoppers of Houston, Chabad of UT Austin, and many other worthy organizations.
Jess is president and CEO of Rosewood Funeral Home and Rosewood Memorial Park Cemetery. He attended Humble High School where he was recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks and multi-sports players to have graduated from the school, and he attended Baylor University on a football scholarship, graduating with a BBA in management.
An enthusiastic promoter of the value of sports, Jess is a director of the Harris County Sports Authority. Among his many contributions, he has helped negotiate a new contract with the Houston Astros, assisted Houston in obtaining its first soccer franchise, and has a role in the efforts of bringing World Cup Soccer to Houston in 2026.
A small sample of Jess’s community affiliations includes: Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Humble Rotary, Pasadena Rotary, The Rose, McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament, Board of Regents of the Texas Chiropractic College, Northeast Hospital Authority Board, and Pasadena ISD Education Foundation.
Jess was named 2018 Pasadena ISD Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Pasadena ISD. The Humble FFA and the Pasadena FFA have recognized him as a distinguished honoree and Governor Rick Perry appointed Jess as a member of the Texas Funeral Commission. For his abundant service to the community, Jess was named 2018 Hayden McKay MD Citizen of the Year by the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. It is an honor his father and brother have also received. Helping others is truly a tradition in the Fields family, one which gives Jess himself great pleasure.
Together, the couple has created the Jess and Varda Fields Foundation. Through it, they support numerous philanthropic organizations, including the Humble FFA (Future Farmers of America), donating thousands of dollars each year to help the youth receive college scholarships; the Humble Rodeo; and the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce, to name only a few. The couple is also involved with the American Cancer Society contributing funds to help find a cure. In 2019, Varda and Jess were named Honoree of the Year by the Humble Rodeo.
Varda loves to dance, cook Mediterranean food, meditate, and design and make her own clothes. Jess is an avid golfer and supporter of Houston sports teams. Traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren are top-of-the-list pastimes for the busy pair.
It is for all the reasons mentioned above, and many more, that Varda and Jess Fields have been named a Top 20 Power Couple Impact Maker for 2022.