6th District Council Member
Zoning & Annexation Committee
Community Investment Committee
Health & Public Safety Committee
South Bend Common Council Representative on other Community Boards
Member of the Area Plan Commission
Member & Past President of the TRANSPO (South Bend Public Transportation Board of Directors)
1801 S. Nash Street
South Bend, Indiana 46613
Currently serving in his 11th year, and third consecutive term after first being elected in 2007, South Bend Common Councilman Oliver Davis (D-6th) has worked hard to represent the 6th District and the residents of South Bend. Serving the citizens of South Bend is one of Oliver’s greatest honors. Throughout his tenure on the Common Council, Councilman Oliver has continued to see the 6th District grow and revive as a strong economic region for the City of South Bend. With the rapid growth of businesses in the Ignition Park area, Lippert Components Inc. relocated in the former A.J. Wright building on Sample Street, and with the new Martin’s Super Market in the far west side of the 6th District, the Southwest side of the City of South Bend is gaining strength. Councilman Oliver was awarded the Transforming Action Through Power (TAP) 2010 Public Official of the Year in South Bend, IN. Furthermore, Councilman Oliver was very supportive and an advocate for the Pokagon Tribal Council’s development that will greatly re-energize the Southwest Side of the City of South Bend. “On behalf of the Pokagon Tribal Council, and all Pokagon citizens, we’d like to thank the BIA, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former and active South Bend Common Council members, Councilman Oliver Davis, members of the Michiana Pokagon Alliance, and all of the local citizens and organizations that have supported us during this lengthy process,” said John P. Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.” Councilman Oliver Davis’ 2015 Re-Election Campaign for the 6th District of South Bend was endorsed by the South Bend Regional (formerly St. Joseph County) Chamber of Commerce. In January of 2017, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his candidacy for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairperson, If he had been chosen to be the new DNC Chairperson, Mayor Buttigieg had announced that he would resign his mayor post. Councilman Oliver publicly announced that he would officially file the papers with the St. Joseph County Democratic Party to be considered for the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana if Mayor Pete had resigned from office to become the next DNC Chairperson.
For over 26 years, Councilman Oliver has worked in the profession of social work, serving as a Social Work Educator, including teaching on Indiana University South Bend School of Social Work Faculty from 1994-2003; serving on the Social Work Faculty at Andrews University, 2003 to 2010, in which he served as an Asst. Professor of Social Work and served as the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program Director for six years; and working as a School Social Worker for the South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC), where he presently serves at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy and Rise Up Academy. He has also worked as a school social worker at Coquillard Traditional School, Marquette, Perley, Hay, Darden, Marshall and Madison Schools within the SBCSC. Councilman Oliver also served as a Family Therapist in private practice at Goldstein and Associates in South Bend, Indiana for eight years, where he provided counseling to individuals, to children, to youth, and to families who were in crisis. He began his career in South Bend, Indiana working at Madison Center, Inc. & Hospital, where he served as a Child & Adolescent Therapist from 1992-1993. For seven years, he had his own counseling office in South Bend, Visions Counseling Center, in which he provided counseling services to individuals and to families, many who were court ordered to counseling. He also provided empowering workshops for churches and various organizations, particularly in the areas of Domestic Violence within the Church and Enhancing the Diversity within the organization.
Councilman Oliver is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) Program at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in Los Angeles, California, where he is scheduled to graduate at the end of the Summer of 2019. He earned the Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1992, completed the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama in 1991, and graduated from the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program – Class 33, in 2007. In December of 2018, Councilman Oliver will complete a Professional Certificate in Management from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business in Notre Dame, Indiana and a Professional Certificate in Political Social Work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also pursued additional graduate work at Andrews University School of Education, Department of Educational Psychology in Berrien Springs, Michigan. During his undergraduate years, Councilman Oliver completed a summer undergrate internship at the University of Maryland at College Park, within the Family Studies Department. Councilman Oliver is a member of the 2008 Michiana Forty under 40 class, which is a collaborative project involving the regional Chambers of Commerce, The Truth in Elkhart, the South Bend Tribune, Bethel College and several major employers intended to recognize and honor forty young professionals within this region for their contribution and accomplishments in both their workplace and community. Since 1996, he has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Indiana. He also is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) – Professional License – National Association of Social Workers. He was also a member of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) for seven years, in which for five years he chaired the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting Arts Festival Presentations, 2005-2009. Councilman Oliver was elected to be the Area Representative – National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Indiana Chapter-Region 2 from 2000 to 2002. In 2017, Councilman Oliver was chosen to be the Social Worker of the Year by National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Region 2 – Indiana – (St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Kosciusko and Fulton Counties).
Councilman Oliver Davis is the past immediate South Bend Common Council President and the current Vice President of the South Bend Common Council, where he also serves at the Chairperson of the Zoning & Annexation Committee; Vice-Chairperson of the Utilities Committee and serves as a Member of the following Committees: Community Investment Committee Health & Public Safety Committee PARC Committee. He is also a Commissioner on the Area Plan Commission and a Member & Past President of the TRANSPO (South Bend Public Transportation Board of Directors) for the past 13 years. From 2009 to 2015, Councilman Oliver served on the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), which is a regional intergovernmental agency established to foster cooperative, coordinated and comprehensive planning activities. While at Andrews University, Councilman Oliver served as a Senator for the College of Arts & Sciences in the Andrews University Senate (2006-2009), in which two of those years – 2007 to 2009, he served as the Chairperson and a member of the Andrews University President’s Council. From 2005 to 2007, Councilman Oliver Served as the Andrews University United Way Campaign Coordinator, in which the campaign raised $10,404.82 for the United Way of Southwest Michigan during the 2005-2006 campaign and over $12,000 during the 2006-2007 campaign. This amount was the second highest raised for the United Way of Southwest Michigan at Andrews University at that time since 2001. Councilman Oliver also served on the YMCA Urban Youth Council Advisory Board in South Bend, Indiana. He is a Local Church Elder in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Bend, Indiana. Councilman Oliver served on the South Bend Jr. Academy School Board in South Bend, Indiana from 2009 to 2012. Councilman Oliver is also a regular member at the Rum Village Neighborhood Association meetings. Councilman Oliver is also an elected Precinct Captain for the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Democratic Party – Serving at Precinct 130607. Councilman Oliver is a member of the National Education Association (NEA), which is the nation’s largest professional employee organization and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. He is a member of the South Bend Elks Lodge #235 in South Bend, Indiana. While in his senior year of high school at Oakwood Academy in Huntsville, Alabama, Oliver served as the Oakwood Academy Student Association President, served as a member of the Huntsville, Alabama City Council’s Youth Council, and was a Red Cross Volunteer at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL.
Councilman Oliver, who is the third child & only son born to life-time educators Drs. Oliver (Sr.) & Ruth Faye Davis, is married to Lynda R. (Hodges) Davis, who is also an educator. They have two lovely daughters – Starr Davis and Kailyn Davis and two awesome sons – Geoff Simons and Marc Simons. The Davises have a beautiful Chocolate Black Lab named Pepper S. Davis. Councilman Oliver loves to cook, to travel, to watch football, basketball and tennis, and is a lover of history
Representing all of the residents in: 130601, 130602, 130603, 130604, 130605, 130606, 130607, 130608, 130609, 130610, 130611