Chief of Organizational Integration and Events
Olga Ruggiero joined All Hands and Hearts in September 2017 as the Chief of Organizational Integration and Events. She will handle a variety of projects, from organization integration and strategic fundraising, to special relationships and events. Prior to All Hands and Hearts, Olga served as the Executive Director at 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 up to 8 years. When schools are not rebuilt, and the longer delay before a sense of normalcy, the deeper the trauma is for the children, families and community. When, however, a safe and resilient school is rebuilt, it provides a powerful sense of renewed hope for the whole community. 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. She moved to New York in 2002 and studied psychology. Olga is delighted to work with such a wonderful, caring team!