David Glover, the executive director of OCCUR, an Oakland organization dedicated to improving the lives and conditions of low-income residents, neighborhood and communities, particularly in East Oakland, has passed away after a battle with cancer.

“It’s never as good as it looks, it’s never as bad as it seems, but it always gets better,” was his motto, and many of the people who knew him–and all of the people who worked with him–kept this motto in their hearts as they saw David’s tireless efforts to improve the conditions of low-income people of color and marginalized communities in Oakland.

As the Executive Director of OCCUR for over 20 years, Glover led in the development of the Eastmont Technology Center  and the “A Model Built on Faith” program.  Widely recognized for his leadership, execution skills, and vision, during his lifetime Glover was honored with Community Service Awards from the Niagara Democratic Club, the National Association of Black Planners, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Bay Area Black United Fund. He also received a Profile in Excellence Award from KGO TV, a Leadership Award from Black Business Listings, an Outstanding Citizen Resolution from the City of Oakland and a recent proclamation from the City as well.

A founding Board Member of the Greenlining Institute, David Glover also served on the boards of the Oakland Advisors, the Stewardship Council, the Oakland Partnership and the Berkeley Law Foundation.

Sondra Alexander, who worked with David at OCCUR for 32 years, told Oakland Local: “David was a great leader and an inspiration to me in terms of his work with youth. His innovation that he brought to East Oakland through the Eastmont technology center and their projects was just outstanding.”

Oakland City Councilperson Desley Brooks told Oakland Local, “David was one of my best friends. He touched so many people, his passing leaves a tremendous void on so many levels. ”

According to his sister Angela Blackwell, the leader of Policy Link, “The family is devastated,  David’s been the center of our world for so long. ”  Characterizing Glover as an amazing father, husband, brother, and son, she said, “Even though he was so important to our family,  we saw we had to share him with community because because he cared so much about issues of justice.”

David Glover is survived by his wife Robin Glover, his sons Trent and Drew Glover, and his sister Angela Blackwell.  There will be a service in his honor on June 1, 2013 at 1 PM at  First Presbyterian Church at 27th and Broadway in Oakland.

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

One Response

  1. Tony Fleming

    Thanks for posting the obit for David Glover. After working at his side for nearly 40 years I can say David was one-of-a-kind. I never ever met anyone so committed to a city, a people or a cause. Oakland has lost a great champion or as verbose a speaker. We must all come together and carry David’s mission and work forward.


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