Modern Inequity and Communities of ColorTue, April 16
Vivian Cox Fraser is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Essex County (ULEC), one of the oldest and largest affiliates of the National Urban League. A distinguished corporate and civic leader, she has led the organization through a period of growth and revitalization.
Under her vision and guidance, the agency has expanded its programs that drive its mission to promote economic self-sufficiency, growing fivefold. In addition to quality initiatives in education, employment and economic development, ULEC has built affordable housing, established social enterprises, and spearheaded the redevelopment of distressed neighborhoods. These programs play a vital role in the organization’s mission to support economic empowerment as the key driver for social change for the clients and communities the agency serves.
The granddaughter of sharecroppers, Mrs. Fraser was taught early on that education was the only way to improve one’s future, and was raised with an awareness of social inequality that fueled her passion for economic justice. After attending a neighborhood school for her elementary years, she was bused to a more affluent neighborhood for middle and high school.
Despite her poor educational foundation, Mrs. Fraser graduated with honors from Goucher College and received her Master’s in Economics from Yale University, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow.
Prior to joining ULEC in 2004, Mrs. Fraser had a distinguished career in corporate finance at leading financial institutions including Credit Suisse, Prudential, Mutual Benefit Asset Management and CIGNA.