Alicia Oliver is the Education Grants Program Director at Baptist Community Ministries, wherein she designs, manages, and monitors strategic grantmaking initiatives aimed at improving educational outcomes.
Alicia has a combined 28 years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors in New Orleans. Much of her career had been with the historic Dryades YMCA, where she provided leadership for program, community and fund development initiatives along the youth development continuum. She also was a Technical Advisor at the YMCA of the USA in Chicago for summer learning and afterschool achievement gap programs around the country. Upon returning to New Orleans in 2016, Alicia was a Program Officer with the GPOA Foundation and represented the foundation at GNOFN meetings. She got her start in nonprofits as the Executive Director at New Orleans Outreach and then advanced to the Director of Children’s Services at Volunteers of America of Southeast Louisiana. Early in her career, she taught middle and high school English at Redeemer-Seton and Lusher schools. In keeping with her love of teaching, she volunteered as an ESL instructor for ten years in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Alicia received a Master of Education in Leadership of Educational Organizations from American Intercontinental University (Chicago) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Secondary Teacher Certification from the University of New Orleans.
Alicia is an avid reader and life-long learner who loves traveling, family gatherings, and serving others. Her passion for strengthening the community and the well-being of children is at the center of her life’s work, as she has given both her time and talent to ensure that those she serves feel heard, nurtured, and supported.
She is married to Jeff Oliver, has two adult sons and a new granddaughter.