Innovative Health - Summer 2017
The Community Foundation of Greater
Flint (CFGF) has named Isaiah M. Oliver
as its new president and chief executive
officer. Isaiah currently serves as vice
president of Community Impact for CFGF.
He will be the fifth chief executive in the
29-year-old foundation’s history, and the
first leader born and reared in Flint.
Isaiah assumed his new role in June. Kathi Horton, who has
led the Foundation since 2004, announced her retirement
earlier this year. In retirement, Horton will continue to lead
the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network Steering Committee.
Shannon White, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees
and head of the search committee, expressed excitement
about the prospect of Isaiah’s leadership. “We are thrilled
to welcome Isaiah’s leadership at such a pivotal moment
in our history. He brings inspiring vision, hometown
perspective, and deep community knowledge to the role
of president and CEO of the Community Foundation. The
board strongly believes his energy and insight are well
matched to shape and guide the Foundation’s expanded
mission focused on community engagement and civic
leadership, while continuing to provide an expansive range
of philanthropic services.”
"It is my honor to embrace this opportunity to serve the
greater Flint community. With all that’s in front of this
community, the stakes and the importance of our work are
high,” said Isaiah. “Working together, we will navigate big,
tough decisions and create new opportunities for all of us.
I am ready to do that with this Board, with this Foundation
and with this community."
Oliver has been widely recognized for his leadership.
Born and raised in Flint, his background includes
extensive community leadership and executive oversight
experience. He served five years on the Flint Community
Schools Board of Education, including two years as
board president. His executive experience also includes
serving four years on the Hurley Medical Center Board of
Managers. He previously served as Associate Administrator
for Workforce, Community and Grant Development at
Mott Community College. 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 allows both the people of a
ISAIAH M. OLIVER NAMED PRESIDENT, CEO OF
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER FLINT