Isaiah M. Oliver is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a charitable organization focused on engaging people in philanthropy to build a stronger community. He leads the Foundation’s strategic priorities around improving literacy rates, increasing access to healthy food, strengthening resident-led neighborhood improvements, and providing critical resources to the children affected by the Flint Water Crisis. He previously served as the Foundation’s Vice President of Community Impact, where he led the organization’s grantmaking operations.
Born and raised in Flint, Isaiah supports a unique philanthropic perspective that focuses on relationships and people. Isaiah advocates for an inclusive approach to philanthropy that listens to and works with the people of the community in order to develop a true partnership. This approach differs from the more traditional top-down model of giving solutions to a community because it allows both the people of a community and engaged philanthropists to be fully vested in and empowered to develop solutions.
Isaiah’s background includes extensive community leadership and executive oversight experience. Isaiah served five years on the Flint Community Schools Board of Education, including two years as board President. His leadership there helped the school district develop innovative partnerships and spurred intensive new community investment. Isaiah’s executive experience also includes serving four years on the Hurley Medical Center Board of Managers. As chair of the board’s Finance and Facilities Committee, he helped guide development of the hospital’s operating budget.
Isaiah is a graduate of Flint Northwestern High School and earned his Bachelors of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University. He is a member of the Gamma Delta Boule’ of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Rotary Club of Flint, past president of the Flint Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and an active member of numerous other community organizations. He serves on the board of directors of Uptown Reinvestment Corporation, Flint Cultural Center Corporation, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Strategic and Regional Leadership Council.
Isaiah serves on Council of Michigan Foundation’s Community Foundation and Government Relations Committees. He serves as Advisor to the Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy and is serving a three-year term on the CFLeads national board of directors focused on helping community foundations across the nation build strong communities by advancing effective practices, sharing knowledge, and galvanizing action on the critical issues of our time.
He and his wife, Shay, established the Isaiah and Shay Oliver Fund to support operations of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The couple lives in Flint with their daughters, Zaiah Rene, Carrington Elyse, Chelyn Elizabeth and son Isaiah Reece.