Olanike Alabi is the proud daughter of immigrants who came to the United States of America several decades ago. She is a product of the New York City public school system and was also educated at Temple University, the University of London (a.k.a. London University) in Great Britain and most recently, Cornell University’s, School of Industrial & Labor Relations.
She has served as a Legislative Assistant to a member of the New York City Council, District Manager of Community Board No. 2 in Brooklyn (CB No. 2), an aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and has worked at 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and SEIU Healthcare.
Ms. Alabi is a champion for justice. In June 2003, after being illegally terminated from her job as the District Manager for CB No.2, she commenced an Article 78 proceeding at the Kings County Supreme Court which resulted in a favorable and unanimous decision from a panel of judges at the Appellate Division, 2nd Dept. in April 2005. Her lawsuit resulted in the City of New York issuing proper guidelines for terminating a community board employee. In June 2004, she filed a New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) proceeding against a Brooklyn based property owner for rent overcharges and was successful in the venture in March 2005.
A strong advocate for social justice, the labor movement and community empowerment, she has volunteered at the Brooklyn Public Library – Clinton Hill Branch, the Round Day Care Center formerly located within the Whitman Houses in Fort Greene, along with Teen Lift, a college/career prep program for high school students (of which she is also an alumna) sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and has been supportive of progressive legislation and movements to bring about change that will have a positive impact upon others.
Ms. Alabi has received certificates and awards for her work from schools, elected officials and organizations such as 500 Men Making A Difference, Public School 11 (Clinton Hill), Brooklyn Anti Violence Coalition (Political Empowerment Award) Family & Support Resources Group, the Training & Employment Council (TEC) Brooklyn, the ACCESS FUND, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships for students attending institutions of higher learning, Church Women United in Brooklyn (Valiant Woman of the Year Award) along with Public Service Awards from the George H. Murray Preparatory Academy, Bethel Baptist Church, Brown Memorial Baptist Church, the Lafayette Gardens Tenant Association, Hanson Place Seventh Day Adventist Church, Shiloh S.D.A Church, Brooklyn Community Church and the New Canaan Baptist Church which are all located in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is also the recipient of a Trailblazer Award from the Cooperative Cultural Collective based in Fort Greene.
In 2006, she was elected as the Democratic State Committeewoman (District Leader) – 57th Assembly District. During her tenure, she
• Sponsored legal clinics and community forums on public education, housing, public safety, the healthcare system, redistricting, “Stop-and-Frisk”, electoral politics and many other topics.
• Established “Community News & Updates”, a widely dispersed weekly e-newsletter.
• Convened Annual Community Food Drives in support of local food pantries
• Created a process to ensure the appointment of individuals to staff polling sites who were capable and committed to ensuring democracy especially in light of the enactment of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).
• Was elected to serve as a pledged delegate at the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions in support of the Honorable Barack Obama.
• Served as an independent voice as it relates to rules, procedures, local issues and the selection of candidates for judicial and public office.
• Worked with clergy, elected officials and community leaders to resolve constituent complaints
• Hosted a major community fundraiser in support of a local school in financial distress
After opting not to seek re-election in 2012, she was elected once again to the same post in 2014. Her primary interests include public service, international affairs, labor/industrial relations and education. She enjoys reading, writing and traveling. Her church, organizational and board memberships include Emmanuel Baptist Church (Clinton Hill), Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry (BEPAA), Community Advisory Board (CAB) of the Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Social Action Ministry of the Brooklyn Community Church, League of Women Voters (LWV), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Church Women United, Inc. along with several other political organizations and civic groups.