Ken Oliver is an advocate for those on the margins. He has long been recognized as an expert in handling high-exposure/catastrophic litigation cases as well as early claim resolution and good faith claims handling practices.
He is also an accomplished author and staunch supporter of criminal justice reform, having direct experience working within California prisons for 28 years himself and being instrumental in litigation that saw the end of solitary confinement use there.
Early Life and Education
Kenneth Forest Oliver, better known by his initials “Ken”, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to Orville and Evelyn Oliver. A veteran of World War II for the United States Navy, Ken served his country faithfully before returning home to become Raye Oliver’s beloved husband; loving father of Erin and Cathy Oliver; cherished grandfather to Will Paulson, Drew Paulson, Zach Brown and Lydia Brown.
He was an advocate in prison for prisoners’ civil rights. Through litigation efforts, his efforts ultimately resulted in CDCR revoking his gang designation and permitting him to return home after prison release. Once released from incarceration, he was hired as a paralegal then eventually promoted to policy director at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children public interest law firm.
He and his wife owned and operated a livestock auctioneering firm in the Borders for decades. Additionally, he is a lifelong learner and natural teacher; teaching various curriculum for Tarrant County College’s Senior Education Program.
Oliver has written, directed and performed off-Broadway theatre plays such as Prisoner of Kalakiri and Weedlock of the Gods; additionally he’s an established film producer and scriptwriter.
Ken Oliver was serving a life sentence for joyriding under California’s three-strikes law when he rose to become a leader and organizer in the fight for prisoners’ civil rights. While in prison he educated himself through reading history, law, and philosophy books; additionally he filed a suit against the Department of Corrections that eventually led to his early release.
As a real estate agent, Oliver values outstanding service and outstanding communication with his clients. He takes immense pleasure in finding them the ideal property and creating an enjoyable experience – his goal being that his client relationships flourish over time.
Achievement and Honors
Ken Oliver is widely respected for his leadership and advocacy work, making him a pivotal component in Right on Immigration at the Foundation. In this role he leverages his extensive experience as a successful coalition builder within conservative politics, public diplomacy professional, bilingual communicator and bilingual communicator to shape it further.
Oliver has earned widespread approval among voters despite their differing policy positions, as his friendly personality makes him popular and his dispassionate approach ensures no criticism can faze him.
Oliver can trace his desire to serve his community back to his childhood in Baltimore housing projects. Despite controversy surrounding his campaign finance and refusal to return council salary while working for the county, Oliver is widely seen as someone who works well with others and was twice re-elected and chair of its planning board.
Oliver and Susie began sharing a mutual passion for tennis on the court. Both have gone on to establish outstanding careers on Hilton Head Island over four decades; Oliver works at Dunes Real Estate – one of Palmetto Dunes and Palmetto Hall Plantation’s premier real estate companies – as a top salesperson and has long held onto that position with great distinction.
Ken Oliver made use of his time spent incarcerated to advocate for changes in the system, beginning as a paralegal before quickly rising through the ranks to become policy director for a public interest law firm. Today, he speaks regularly on reentry and fair-chance employment matters.
As well as serving on the boards of both Gilbert Nordmann Disabled American Veterans chapter and American Legion post 71 as treasurer respectively, he also joins St Andrews by the Lake Episcopal Church in Park Point Minnesota as an active member.
Oliver serves as Senior Director of Engagement and Right on Immigration for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. His focus includes policies designed to secure borders, restore rule of law and facilitate legal immigration into the US. In addition, Oliver is recognized for his expertise on reentry architecture, workforce development strategies and inclusive impact strategies.
Oliver first rose to fame when Jon Stewart hired him as a British correspondent on The Daily Show, where he won several Emmys. This led to Oliver creating and writing his own HBO show: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; additionally he has other television and film projects under his belt as well as 23 Primetime Emmy nominations overall and sold more than $575 Million worth of real estate properties throughout his career.