Janet Fraser was born in the UK and completed all her schooling there, earning B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Bristol. She moved to Vancouver in 1993 and worked as a research chemist, project manager and at-home parent for her three children before being elected as a Vancouver School Board (VSB) trustee.
As a UBC postdoctoral researcher, Fraser created well-defined organic structures such as bowls and spheres. At Micrologix Biotech, the focus was on developing new peptide antibiotic medicines to target rapidly emerging multi-drug resistant bacteria. Fraser was a co-inventor of their lead antibiotic candidate and project manager for multiple US FDA clinical trials.
Fraser completed Langara College’s Advanced Project Management Certificate in 2012 and was the program assistant at WWEST, a program to increase the awareness and participation of women and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields of study and careers.
In 2014, Fraser was elected as the only Green trustee on the Vancouver School Board (VSB) and as the other trustees were evenly split between Vision and the NPA, she could be the swing vote. As a trustee, she always based her decisions on what was best for students, effectively advocated for Vancouver’s students and built respectful relationships.
Fraser has lived in Marpole for 15 years and is active in her local community. She has ten years' of experience in elementary school PAC leadership, was engaged in the City's Marpole planning process and volunteers for her children's hockey and soccer sports teams.