Frazierita Klasen is a vice president overseeing Pew’s work in Philadelphia. She supervises a portfolio that seeks to foster a vibrant civic life in our hometown by encouraging a thriving arts and cultural community; supporting the health and well-being of local individuals and families in need; pursuing civic initiatives that strengthen the area’s appeal to residents and visitors; and informing discussions on important policy issues facing the city and region.
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.