José Oliva joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation as a Fellow in July 2017. José also serves as a Member at Large for the NC Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. Prior to coming to the Foundation, José worked on several initiatives at the state and local levels focused on increasing access to higher education, civic engagement, immigrant and refugee rights, and community economic development. In 2015, José was named a Fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership. He was also elected to serve on the International Advisory Committee for the City of Greensboro. In this role, José worked with community members and elected officials to design welcoming policies that supported new residents. José has completed internships with a number of nonprofit organizations including the American Friends Service Committee, the Global Opportunities Center, Say Yes to Education, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. He has been recognized as a Notable Latino of the Triad, and was one of the youngest people to receive the Latino Diamante Award, which is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Latino community in North Carolina. José received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Guilford College, where he was a Bonner Scholar, served as the first Latino Student Body President, and was a recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. José moved to North Carolina from Guatemala in 2011.