Julie Ogunleye Sr. Program Officer, 211 and Policy
Inspiration: “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” — Jane Addams
What working in this community means to me: “To me, working in this community means being a listener, learner, and humble partner. It means seeking a variety of perspectives and acting on what we hear. I deeply appreciate the opportunity to work alongside such thoughtful partners, community members and colleagues to address disparities in our region.”
Julie leads United Way’s 211 information and referral program. She builds strategic community partnerships, oversees our local contact center, and leverages community insights in support of public policy initiatives. Julie is on a mission to make relevant social service information accessible to people who can use it and to enable community-centered and data-informed decision making.
Prior to her role as program officer, Julie spent ten years partnering with Twin Cities companies to achieve their corporate social responsibility goals, engage their employees, and raise donations for local community issues. She studied political science and urban development at Minnesota State University, Mankato and earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Julie lives in Shoreview with her husband and two sons. In her free time she enjoys listening to podcasts, making sure her garden has more plants than weeds, cooking food her kids describe as “yucky,” and having reflective conversations with family and friends.