WHERE I COME FROM
Lillian Olivia-Inez Oliver was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. She is one of seven children and was born to Darlinda and Theodore. She is an educator, activist, and social entrepreneur. She is currently an educator at Positive Change Academy teaching English and Social Studies.
Lillian is a product of the Red Clay School District. She attended Warner and Forest Oak Elementary schools, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Conrad School of Science, and graduated from Thomas McKean High School. Lillian credits her family for her commitment to service and charity. She comes from a long line of educators, social workers, and community activists. Her passion for education advocacy developed as a result of her interactions with her community. She knows first-hand the inequities in our education system and has committed herself to change that reality.
Her professional career includes working for Wilmington City Council, Reed Refugee and Art Learning Center, and the H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club
As the founder of Ascending Queens, a non-profit that mentors young women in the City of Wilmington and helps them reach their limitless potential, she is no stranger to advocating for the needs of students and families. Ascending Queens provides students with one on one mentoring, SAT prep, conflict resolution strategies, job readiness, college seminars and college tours. She has now expanded her program to serve over 100 children under the Ascending Generations umbrella.
She is running for Red Clay School Board because she wants to advocate for the policies our students so desperately need.
Lillian has received recognition and multiple awards for her work in Wilmington. She has received Governor Carney's Volunteer Award, the 2016 HomeTown Hero Award, the 2019 Youth Appreciation Award from the City of Wilmington, and the 2019 Christiana Care Community Award. She is a graduate from Delaware State University with a degree in Mass Communication and Television.