Frazierita Klasen is a vice president overseeing Pew’s work in Philadelphia, seeking to foster a vibrant civic life in our home town. Klasen supervises a portfolio that encourages a thriving arts and culture community and supports the well-being of the region’s neediest people.
Throughout her career, Klasen has been committed to alleviating the effects of poverty on vulnerable populations and improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and youth. Before joining Pew, she worked in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment; and at Public/Private Ventures, which for more than 30 years was a highly regarded social policy and research firm focused on improving the prospects of disadvantaged youth. Klasen also served on two Pennsylvania commissions: the Governor’s Commission on Children and Families and the Governor’s Commission on Healthcare Reform.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.