David F. Oliver

Board Chair, Berkowitz Oliver LLP

David Oliver has been a member of MRIGlobal’s Board of Trustees since 1998, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015, and served as Chairman of the Board from 2018-2023.

Oliver is an attorney with the Kansas City law firm Berkowitz Oliver LLP. He chaired the management committee of the firm for 13 years. He has handled a variety of business disputes in state and federal courts across the country. He is also a partner in PLX CORP – “Plan. Lead. Execute.” – a think tank offering innovation and tools to improve the governance and operations of not-for-profit companies.

In addition to his work with MRIGlobal, he also serves as a founding board member of Aligned, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving education in Kansas and Missouri; board member of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri; board member and board chair of DeLaSalle Charter High School in Kansas City; board member and board chair of The Beacon, a bistate Missouri/Kansas non-profit online news venture; board member of the UMKC Trustees; board member of Friends of Alvin Ailey; board member of the Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation in Jefferson City; advisory board member of Tesseract Ventures LLC;  advisory board member of the AUP+D Department at UMKC; member of the UMKC Enactus Business Advisory Board; member of the advocacy committee of ArtsKC; and member of the advocacy committee of Nonprofit Connect.

Oliver is on the board of The Cross Foundation and is a trustee of the Murphy Charitable Fund.

He teaches in the Executive MBA program at the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University where he is an executive in residence. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Bloch School of Management at UMKC.

Oliver is a graduate of Haverford College (B.A. with honors in history, elected to Phi Beta Kappa) and Boston University School of Law.