hardwired’s team

Hardwired’s team of full-time staff and professional volunteers are committed to advancing the human right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief for all people worldwide.

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Tina Ramirez

Tina Ramirez

Founder and President

Tina Ramirez serves as the President/Executive Director and brings to Hardwired 20 years of experience as a teacher, foreign policy expert and authority on international human rights law and religious freedom. Previously, she served as a policy advisor for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a foreign policy advisor for the U.S. Congress, where she founded the bi-partisan International Religious Freedom Caucus, and former Director of Government Relations and International Programs at Becket Law.

Tina has published extensively and is the author of Iraq: Hope in the Midst of Darkness (2017) and a contributing author and editor of Human Rights in the United States: A Dictionary and Documents (2010 and 2017). She holds a certificate from the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, a MA in Education from Vanguard University, and a MA in International Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK.

Tina has spoken before the United Nations and the African Union and testified before the U.S. Congress. In 2012, she was awarded the Second Annual Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award for her congressional work defending their community worldwide. She serves as Secretary of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief in New York, and is a former board member for the First Freedom Center in Richmond, VA

Lena Abboud

Lena Abboud

Director of International Programs

Lena Abboud is the Director of Programs for Hardwired Global, where she oversees the organization’s legal and educational programming. Prior to her work with Hardwired Global, Mrs. Abboud served as an advisor in the United States Congress and coordinator of the bi-partisan International Religious Freedom Caucus, effectively supporting the efforts of more than 60 Members of Congress on issues related to freedom of religion or belief and human rights within U.S. foreign policy. Mrs. Abboud has traveled to more than 25 countries on official delegations and fact-finding missions to meet with government officials, civil society groups, and religious and ethnic communities about various issues relating to freedom of religion or belief, human rights and governance. Mrs. Abboud received her Master’s of Public Diplomacy from the University Southern of California.

Victoria Tiggas

Victoria Tiggas

Outreach and Development Officer

Victoria Tiggas is the Outreach and Development Program Officer at Hardwired Global. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, she comes to Hardwired with years of experience serving local, state and national nonprofits in a program, event, and outreach capacity. While she is grateful to have worked for organizations focused on homelessness and youth, she looks forward to turning her talents to the field of freedom of religion or belief and human rights. Victoria’s deep appreciation and respect for diversity and culture is a result of her family’s rich ethnic history and her upbringing in a vibrant Albanian-Greek family. Through Hardwired, Victoria will continue to dedicate her life to alleviating suffering and protecting the fundamental human rights of all people.

Cecilia Blankenship

Cecilia Blankenship, M.S. comes to Hardwired as an administrator after 49 years in public and private education as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal. Her background is in science education but has worked with students from pre-school through high school. Her last position was as principal of a public charter school with an emphasis on the arts.

Mary Anne Ramirez, Ed.D.
Educational Advisor

Dr. Rea-Ramirez supports the development of curriculum, training teachers, and conducting evaluation research. She comes with a doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts, specializing in conceptual change research and theory. Dr. Rea-Ramirez has conducted both professional development and research for over 30 years and is well published, most recently with several articles on using conceptual change theory in social sciences.

H. Victor Conde
Legal Advisor

Victor Condé is an international human rights lawyer, author and educator based in California and Europe. He holds a J.D. from UC Davis and an LLM in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the Univ. of Essex, UK. He has served as a legal consultant to Hardwired since 2013 and participated in several training programs. He has also been a consultant to the O.S.C.E and to the Holy See (Vatican) at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Hardwired Global is a Non-Profit Organization That Empowers Leaders to Advance Human Rights for People of All Beliefs.

Hardwired Global has no religious or political affiliation and works to defend the fundamental of freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief as defined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all people without distinction.

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