Ouleye Ndoye Warnock graduated from Spelman College with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, in the top 1% of her class with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies, concentrating on francophone Africa. There, she led the first group of Spelman and Morehouse students to Senegal in 2007 through her service as President of the Student Government Association.
As the recipient of a Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme award to attend the University of Oxford, Ouleye received her M.Sc. in Migration Studies from Oxford's Department of International Development and School of Anthropology. While there, she enjoyed rowing and serving as her College’s Graduate Common Room President. She also holds an M.A. in History from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D.
Ouleye has received numerous scholarships and fellowships to work in the field of human rights in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. These include the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Cairo, Egypt; the Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP) to work with African asylum seekers in Israel; and administering the USAID grant to support the education of young girls in rural Senegal through the Women’s Health Education and Prevention Strategies Alliance’s 10,000 Girls Program (founder: Dr. Viola Vaughn was a 2008 recipient of the CNN Heroes Award).
Ouleye lived in Asia for the first time as a Henry Luce Foundation Fellow. There, she advocated once again for the education of young girls. This was one among many strategies employed to prevent child sex-trafficking along Thailand’s borders with Myanmar and Laos in the northern province of Chiang Rai - known to many as “The Golden Triangle.”
While home in the U.S., she joined the Obama campaign team in both 2008 and 2012. Ouleye has experience in field organizing from Pennsylvania to Montana, Ohio to Florida, and many states in-between. She worked in the Chicago headquarters finance department, focusing on the campaign’s 2008 grassroots fundraising efforts. In the 2012 campaign, she helped lead Obama to victory, serving as the campaign’s Deputy Regional Field Director for Miami Dade County. Ouleye moved to Washington D.C. to work on issues of immigration reform and internet security as a research intern on Capitol Hill in 2013 with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. She was subsequently hired by the World Bank to consult for the African Regional Integration and Partnerships division.
Ouleye serves as the Senior Human Trafficking Fellow of the city of Atlanta, part of Mayor Bottom's Executive team. In this role, she collaborates closely with The Partnership for Freedom, "a public-private partnership dedicated to promoting innovative solutions to end modern day slavery in the United States and around the world."
She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, and their young daughter. As the First Lady of Ebenezer Baptist Church, "America's Freedom Church," she is very involved with the Ministry of Motherhood, which helps to support new moms. Passionate about the betterment of society at home and abroad, she continually dedicates her work and studies to these causes.