Jove Oliver is the CEO and founder of Oliver Global, a boutique consulting firm with a focus on communications and global advocacy. He received his MAIR from the Maxwell School in 2002 and his bachelor of science in political science and international studies in 2000 from the University of Evansville.
Oliver Global was founded in 2010, and has grown from its Manhattan headquarters since then, having a presence in Barcelona, London, Sao Paulo, and Washington, DC. Oliver says their core issues of expertise include, but are not limited to: global health, corporate social responsibility, international affairs, economic development, and environmental issues.
Oliver says there is no typical day at his company, as there is always something happening or something to be done. His company represents Wikipedia, among other high-profile clients, which keeps the work day busy. He also is currently working with a client to provide tuberculosis screenings in South Africa.
Before founding his own company, Oliver served as the youngest director for the Clinton Global Initiative, as he was the director of marketing and communications. “It was really exciting to be able to bring my experience in the field to bear as we worked with Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, NGOs, and government leaders to craft public-private solutions to enormous global challenges. Working with President Clinton and his team was truly inspirational and taught me a ton about getting people from different backgrounds to work together,” Oliver says about his time working for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Oliver recently began as a term member for the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan and independent organization and think tank.
Oliver says the Maxwell community, from professors to Career Development staff, Oliver recalls two professors in particular, Professors Peg Hermann, whom he worked under as a graduate assistant in the Moynihan Institute, and Hans Peter Schmitz. He says, “The knowledge they imparted, the confidence they helped me build and the networks they opened up were essential to my professional development and I can't thank them enough.”
Oliver imparts knowledge of his own to current students, “Always push the envelope of your professional development. Don't ever be afraid to ask good questions, and make sure you say yes as much as you can to the right opportunities, especially if they push you out of your comfort zone.”