Jason Fraser

Jason Fraser
Mission Director

A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Jason Fraser became Mission Director to Angola in 2014. In this capacity, he oversees the United States’ development relationship with a critical African partner. In Angola, USAID focuses on strengthening good governance, increasing economic opportunity, and improving the delivery of social services.

Mr. Fraser began his career at USAID as a legal officer in the office of the General Counsel where Mr. Fraser was responsible for the Latin America and Caribbean region. Following his tenure in the General Counsel’s Office, Mr. Fraser became the regional legal advisor for USAID’s program for Southern Africa in Botswana, providing legal, regulatory, and policy counsel to several USAID missions in the region, including Botswana, Namibia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He also advised on development credit authority transactions in the region and assisted in the relocation of the Botswana mission to South Africa. 
 
Subsequently, Mr. Fraser became the Supervisory Regional Legal Advisor for the Caribbean region and provided legal and regulatory advice to mission management in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Guyana, and for the Caribbean regional program based in Barbados. During his tenure in the Caribbean region, Mr. Fraser was responsible for providing legal and regulatory advice to the Haiti mission during the devastating earthquake of 2010.
 
Most recently Mr. Fraser was the Deputy Mission Director at USAID/Ethiopia, where he directly oversaw an $800-million portfolio in health, education, agriculture, economic growth, and democracy and governance. He was instrumental in the development of the Country Development Cooperation Strategy, the Feed the Future program, and the Global Health Strategy, as well as advancing the President's Initiatives in Malaria and Power Africa. Mr. Fraser is the recipient of several Meritorious Honor and Superior Honor Awards. 
 
Prior to joining USAID, Mr. Fraser was an associate at the law firm of Peabody and Arnold, LLP, and Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, LLP, where he practiced real estate financing, development and securitization law. He is member in good standing of the New York and Massachusetts Bars. 
 
Mr. Fraser received his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law and his Master’s Degree in International Affairs (African Affairs) from the Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. In addition, Mr. Fraser obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Bates College. Mr. Fraser is from Lawrence, Massachusetts, and is married to Naledi Norwebb-Fraser.

Last updated: May 29, 2014

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