President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Foundation of Greater Flint
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’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 — including foundation grants exceeding $12 million directly and over $40 million for Flint children and families since 2013. Isaiah also helped the school district identify a $20 million deficit and to develop the deficit reduction plan now in place. 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 guided development of the hospital’s $370 million operating budget. During his tenure, Hurley Medical Center’s operating margin jumped to 6.1 percent in fiscal year 2015 from 0.6 percent the prior year and negative 1.7 percent in 2013.
Isaiah is a graduate of Flint Northwestern High School and earned his Bachelor’s of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University. He is immediate past-president of the Flint Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and active member of numerous other community organizations. He and his wife, Shay, live in Flint with their daughters, Zaiah Rene and Carrington Elyse.