Conference Header


Keynote: Leading Through Crisis

Monday, October 29
Dearborn Inn

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.

In January 2016, we knew the health and development needs of Flint children exposed to lead were going to be ongoing and long-term. Our community needed leadership. Our families needed support, our businesses needed bolstering, and our nonprofits needed increased capacity. Learn how we flipped the tragedy of a water crisis into a model of community collaboration and rebirth.

Isaiah Oliver, President & CEO
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.
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 guided development of the hospital’s $370 million operating budget.




 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association 313-334-7643 PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721 lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software