Elizabeth Fraser

Senior Policy Analyst

Elizabeth is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oakland Institute, focusing on land, agriculture, and food policy.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Arts in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs in Canada, where her research focused on understanding national and international responses to famine, and examined whether commodity exchanges help or hinder agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Elizabeth was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal for her work at the University of Waterloo.

Before her Master's, Elizabeth was the Partnership Manager at Community Food Centres Canada (Toronto) where she worked with communities across Canada to build alternatives to food banks, ensuring people of all incomes have access to safe, healthy, and affordable food. She also worked with The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation (Montreal), conducting a cross-country scan of community food security initiatives in Canada, which led to the creation of a multi-year granting program on sustainable food systems.

Elizabeth has published articles on topics ranging from genetic engineering to land policy in Ukraine to the role of the informal economy in addressing food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. In her spare time, Elizabeth works with grassroots organizations to end mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex in California.