Olga Ruggiero joined All Hands and Hearts in September 2017 when she took on the role of Chief of Organizational Integration and Events. She is responsible for handling a variety of projects ranging from organization integration and strategic fundraising, to special relationships and events.
Prior to All Hands and Hearts, Olga served as the Executive Director of the Happy Hearts Fund – a non-profit organization that rebuilt safe, resilient schools after natural disasters. On her first trip to Thailand after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Olga learned that communities are often forgotten after the media leaves and first-response is complete – leaving children without a school for many years. Giving generations of children hope is what motivates Olga to keep working every day.
Olga is originally from the Czech Republic, where she studied business and banking at the Business and Bank Academy. She moved to New York in 2002 and continued her studies of english at Columbia University and psychology at CUNY – Brooklyn College.