Alison Acosta Fraser is where today’s policy action is, digging into federal and state financing challenges as The Heritage Foundation’s senior fellow and director of government finance programs.
Fraser took on the new position in July 2013 after 10 years as director of Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. In that post, she oversaw the think tank’s research on a wide range of domestic economic issues including federal spending, taxes, energy and environment, retirement savings and regulation.
A major priority at Roe was reform of the federal retirement programs – Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Under Fraser's leadership, Heritage research helped define and communicate the long-term fiscal threats from spending and taxes and identify solutions and proposals for reforms.
One of Fraser’s most rigorous and visible initiatives was Saving the American Dream-- Heritage’s detailed plan to fix the debt by redesigning core entitlement programs, guaranteeing assistance to those who need it and reducing government benefits to the prosperous.
She traveled the nation to talk about the plan through much of 2012, after doing similar duty several years earlier as a charter member of the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour, designed to educate Americans about the nation's long-term financial condition. Sponsored by the Concord Coalition, that effort featured experts from Heritage, Brookings Institution and former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker.
Following Hurricane Katrina, Fraser took the lead in preparing Heritage's comprehensive special reports on disaster recovery. These reports were the first and only such policy works published in the weeks following the disaster, making Heritage a leader in solutions on Capitol Hill in the media.
Fraser has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, CNBC and MSNBC, as well as such outlets as Bloomberg, PBS and the BBC. Her commentaries on fiscal issues have appeared far and wide in major newspapers such as USA Today, The Washington Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Philadelphia Enquirer as well as such digital outlets as National Review Online.
Before joining Heritage in 2003, Fraser was deputy director of the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, where she directed economic research and developed tax and fiscal policy recommendations for then-Gov. Frank Keating. Prior to that, she was a budget manager for Orange County, Calif., where she developed recommendations for bankruptcy recovery.