Oliver Thomas is the host of New Orleans' Good Morning Show on WBOK 1230 AM. He is the Director of Development for Stuart Consulting and the Co-Producer for the Nightwatch A&E Series by 44 Blue Productions. Thomas notably served as a local consultant for the New Orleans Jailbirds series on Netflix, and played a lead character in the second season of HBO's hit series Treme.
Thomas was born in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in 1957 and graduated from Joseph S. Clark Senior High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Santa Fe. He is a Fellow of the Loyola University Institute of Politics and a graduate of the Metropolitan Area Committee Leadership Forum. During the 1980s and early 1990s he served as an assistant to Councilman Jim Singleton.
Thomas successfully ran and won a seat on the New Orleans City Council serving as District B member then as Council President from 1994 to 2007. He was the founder of the Boys-to-Men Mentoring Program at Woodson Middle School, Board Member of Dryades YMCA, Board Member of Broadmoor Improvement Association, Operation Comeback Advisory Committee (Preservation Research Center), Board Member Each One - Save One Mentoring Program, and a member of the Young Leadership Council.
Thomas was a former president of the New Orleans Home Mortgage Authority, former Vice President of the Council on Aging's Senior Companion Program, and the former Director of Development at Covenant House. He served on the boards of the Rivergate Development Corporation, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Union Passenger Terminal Board. In 1993, WDSU-TV awarded Thomas the Jefferson Award for Community Service.