Frazierita Klasen is a vice president overseeing Pew’s work in Philadelphia, where the organization seeks to foster a vibrant civic life in its hometown. Klasen supervises a portfolio that encourages a thriving arts and culture community, including initiatives undertaken through the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage; supports the health and well-being of the region’s neediest people, through the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services; and strengthens Philadelphia’s appeal to residents and visitors alike through civic initiatives.
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.