Evan Frazier, Board Director
Evan Frazier is the president and CEO of The Advanced Leadership Institute, an organization aimed at cultivating African American executive leadership to strengthen companies, institutions, and communities across America. In this new role as of March 2021, Frazier will guide the mission of The Advanced Leadership Institute to educate, develop, connect, and position African American leaders for executive advancement.
It was Frazier’s early vision that led to the formation of The Advanced Leadership Initiative (TALI) in 2018 that focused on building the pipeline of talented African American leaders in Pittsburgh. Under Frazier’s leadership as founding director, the initiative partnered with Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business to develop a signature program, the Executive Leadership Academy. Now in its third year, this world-class executive development program provides the tools, exposure and training necessary to prepare African Americans to contribute to their organizations – and the community – at the highest levels.
Building on early success of TALI in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, Frazier will lead the strategic expansion of the organization from Initiative to Institute by extending the portfolio of executive development programs to impact a larger pool of African American leaders locally and nationally.
Before joining The Advanced Leadership Institute, Frazier served as senior vice president of Community Affairs at Highmark Health – a national $18 billion integrated health, finance and delivery network headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Frazier oversaw Community Affairs for the enterprise where he was instrumental in accelerating Highmark’s corporate giving, community programs, foundation activities and market engagement over his 11-year tenure.
Prior to Highmark Health, Frazier served as president and CEO of the Hill House Association; vice president in Strategic Planning and Finance Communications at PNC Financial Services Group; senior vice president at the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and director of Community Relations for Eat’n Park Restaurants.
Frazier holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Public Policy and Management and completed the prestigious Wharton Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
An active member of the community, Frazier has served on more than 30 civic boards and was recently recognized as one of 2020’s Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy magazine. In 1989, he co-founded the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) and currently serves as chair of the NSMH Legacy Fund. Frazier was selected as a Luce Scholar to expand his professional experience in Asia, is a national BMe Public Voices Fellow and is the author of the book “Most Likely To Succeed: The Frazier Formula For Success.”
Frazier is married to Dr. Holly Hatcher-Frazier. They have three children: Evan Jr, Nia, and William.