Morolake Odeleye

Morolake (moe-roe-la-kay) is thrilled to join the Transcend team as the Director of Major Gifts and support community-driven redesign of our nation’s education system.

The struggle for effective and high-quality education is intimately woven into Morolake’s own educational journey. Her parents often bent (and outright broke) the rules to make sure she had access to Atlanta’s highest performing public schools. Their actions, which are punishable by years in prison, were the difference between a good and mediocre education. But no family should have to choose between breaking the law and educating their children.

Morolake came away from those years with a deep understanding of inequality, privilege, and the role that we each play in maintaining or subverting the status quo. Over the years, she has continued to learn and grow – completing an undergraduate degree in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design before moving on to study Fundraising and Grantmaking at New York University. She then partnered with exceptionally talented teams at the ACLU, America Needs You and Blue Engine, developing and executing strategies for sustainable resource development.

When Morolake’s not advocating for students, teachers and communities, she’s developing art projects, doing yoga, and spending time with her spouse and boxer pup. She’s currently based in Brooklyn, New York.


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