Fraser Nelson, Chief Innovation Officer, Salt Lake County

Fraser Nelson, Chief Innovation Officer, Salt Lake County

fraserFraser Nelson was appointed by Mayor Ben McAdams to serve as the County’s first Director of Data and Innovation in February 2015, and leads the county’s Innovation Agenda. Her portfolio includes two Pay for Success projects focused on reducing recidivism and homelessness, criminal justice reform partnerships, open data and outcomes-based budgeting initiatives, and other efforts to drive taxpayer resources towards what works and increase the accountability and transparency of government. Before joining the Mayor’s cabinet, Fraser founded and led the Community Foundation of Utah. She has served in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, government, political campaigns and in six states, served on dozens of boards and commissions, and is an adjunct faculty member of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Fraser holds a B.A. in Political Science and Medieval History from Duke University, an M.A. from St. Mary’s University, and was a Social Innovation Fellow at Stanford. She spends what some consider an inordinate amount of time skiing.