Speaker

Kwasi Fraser

Mayor

Purcellville, Virginia

Biography

Mayor Kwasi Fraser was born in Guyana and migrated to the United States at the age of 11 with his parents and four siblings. Owing to his father’s occupation as a pharmacist (dispenser), Fraser lived in many regions of Guyana including Georgetown, Anna Regina, Lethem, and Buxton. In recent years, Fraser has contributed his knowledge and expertise to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Guyana. 

  

Fraser’s distinguished corporate career includes significant bottom line contributions at AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Marriott International, and Verizon. He has successfully managed a portfolio of global network integration deals valued over $700 Million, and deployed a nationwide wireless long distance network for the second largest wireless service provider in the United States. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he provides leadership in operational efficiency, cost savings, and revenue growth. 

 

Fraser has led efforts to successfully maintain Purcellville’s stellar credit ratings of AAA by Standard & Poor’s. Under Mayor Fraser’s leadership the Town of Purcellville increased its non-tax revenue, reduced its debt by over $6 Million, restructured utility debt to achieve millions in payment reduction, and welcomed over 200 new businesses. Mayor Fraser also established a public private partnership to transform a distressed former maintenance facility into Western Loudoun County’s first Makerspace and manufacturing incubator. In 2019, Fraser was appointed to the National League of Cities Transportation & Infrastructure Services Federal Advocacy Committee, partnering with America’s 19,000 cities, towns and villages. In 2021, Fraser was appointed by EPA Administrator, Michael Regan, to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee of the Local Government Advisory Committee. 

  

Mayor Fraser initiated and is championing a strategy to deploy fiber broadband to each home and business in Purcellville. He orchestrated a Public Private Partnership to create one of the largest nutrient credit banks in Northern Virginia, with the planting of over 100,000 trees, resulting in net revenue for the Town and being awarded the 2021 Virginia Municipal League Innovation Award in Environmental Quality. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Fraser established a partnership with a biotechnology startup firm, in collaboration with researchers at Harvard, MIT, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital to implement a wastewater based epidemiology testing solution to track the spread of the disease within the community. Mayor Fraser directed the completion of the Town of Purcellville Comprehensive Plan to guide future zoning, development, and preservation. Mayor Fraser remains laser focused on transparency, innovation and fiscal responsibility.