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Mason alumnus Alex Frazier chosen Virginia Management Fellow

December 17, 2019   /   by Mary Lee Clark

Alex Frazier

George Mason University alumnus Alex Frazier has been named to the Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) program. This prestigious fellowship is offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia in collaboration with the Office of the Governor and the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech.

The two-year program aims to prepare future managers and leaders entering government roles who are uniquely qualified to positively affect both day-to-day and strategic challenges faced in serving the commonwealth’s people.

"This alum has already made important contributions to the commonwealth,” said Leisha LaRiviere, VMF director and associate director of the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, in a press release. “Alex is at work with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, planning and implementing youth recreational [programs] with emphasis on youth participant recruitment from underserved communities.”

Frazier graduated from Mason in 2017 with a BA in History and a minor in African American studies.

“I have always had a passion for civic engagement, which I believe to be the backbone of any successful local or state government,” said Frazier.

“I have always prided myself on being a capable and eager person,” he added. “I hope my fellowship allows me to acquire and hone valuable management and interpersonal skills.”

During an internship for the city of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders program, he was assigned to the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development, where he assisted in implementing programs that were designed to improve at-risk communities. He said he saw firsthand how polices, rules and regulations affect people’s lives. 

“More importantly, I observed how slight variations in interpretation and application can impact the most vulnerable communities,” said Frazier. “I sought out the Virginia Management Fellows program to further my understanding of state government operations.” 

Graduates with at least a bachelor's degree and an interest in management, public administration, public policy, finance, public planning or program development are encouraged to apply for the upcoming cohort. The deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 18.