She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She also attended the Academy of Arts College in San Francisco and the New York School of Interior Design.
She is a supporter of the arts, having organized fund raisers and served on numerous boards of directors for arts groups and museums. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Kennedy Center by President Bush, and she sat on the Board of Trustees for the Washington National Opera. Ourisman was also on the Board of Directors for the Blair House, serving on the "decorating committee," for the President"s guest house for visiting foreign Heads of State.
She served on the Smithsonian National Board in 1999.
She has also served on the World Wildlife Fund National Council, McCain 2000, the Elizabeth Dole Committee, and George West. Bush for President (2004). The Ourismans have donated $443,620 to Grand Old Party candidates and committees since 1999.
President George West. Bush announced his intention to name Ourisman the Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean on July 20, 2006, and submitted his formal nomination to the Senate the next day. The Senate confirmed Ourisman"s nomination on September 13, 2006, she was appointed ambassador on October 11, and she arrived at the United States. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, on October 31.
She is currently involved with the Trust Foreign the National Mall.