Press release February 19, 2021
Freedom House Welcomes Nicole Bibbins Sedaca as Executive Vice President
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, an expert on democracy at Georgetown University and a former senior human rights official at the US State Department, will join Freedom House in early May as executive vice president for strategy and programs, the organization announced today.
“Nicole has been a passionate advocate for freedom throughout her expansive career in diplomacy, advocacy, and academia,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “Her unique skill set and demonstrated commitment to human rights make her the right person to oversee Freedom House’s research, advocacy, and international programs as well as its communications operation. We are thrilled that Nicole is joining our leadership team at this pivotal moment for democracy and freedom around the world.”
“I have long admired the tremendous work that Freedom House does and am honored to join the organization at a time when its mission is more important than ever,” Bibbins Sedaca said. “I look forward to learning from each member of the Freedom House team as we work together to defend and support freedom and democracy at home and abroad.”
At the State Department, Bibbins Sedaca worked on democracy, human rights, human trafficking, and refugee issues, serving as both a senior adviser to the under secretary for democracy and global affairs and as a senior director in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. She now serves as a professor in the practice of international relations and as deputy director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University.
Bibbins Sedaca’s extensive experience in democracy and human rights advocacy includes her tenure as chair of the Board of Directors at the International Justice Mission, where she remains a board member, as well as an ongoing David and Kelly Pfeil fellowship at the George W. Bush Institute. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree at Georgetown University, in the same program of which she is now deputy director.