Prof. Bibbins Sedaca is a nonresident senior fellow in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. She also serves as the chair for the Global Politics and Security Concentration at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program and as a Professor in the Practice of International Relations. She oversees curricula and graduate students studying foreign policy and national security issues and teaches graduate-level seminars, including Ethics and Decision Making, Democracy in the World, and Human Rights Policy Lab. She also serves as a member of the leadership team, responsible for the overall strategic management of the program, curriculum development, and professional development of students. She served as an adjunct professor from 2011-2015, including Religion and International Affairs and Emerging Global Security Challenges. In 2015, she was awarded Georgetown’s 1820 Graduate Award for outstanding leadership and service by graduate alumni to alma mater in the Georgetown alumni community.
In addition to serving as a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, Prof. Bibbins Sedaca is a Human Freedom Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute.
Ms. Bibbins Sedaca previously served as the Director of the Washington Office of the diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat. Prior to that, she lived and worked in Quito, Ecuador from 2007-2010. As an adjunct professor at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, she taught seminars on Democracy and Democracy Promotion, Tools of Foreign Policy, and International Negotiation, as well as co-led the award-winning USFQ Model United Nations team in April 2009. In 2009-2010, she opened and directed the International Republican Institute’s local governance program, training local governors, legislators and civil societies on democratic processes to strengthen their ability to deliver democratic services at a local level.
Prior to her time in Ecuador, Ms. Bibbins Sedaca served for ten years in the United States Government, primarily at the US Department of State, including service as the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and External Affairs in the Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, advising on democracy, human rights, religious freedom and trafficking in persons. She also served as the Special Assistant to the U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism and the Balkans Refugees Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and was also detailed to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Policy Office to assist in the coordination of humanitarian and military efforts in Kosovo. Ms. Bibbins Sedaca earned Three Superior Honor Awards and a Meritorious Honor Award from the Department of State.
In 2017, Ms. Bibbins Sedaca became a full member in the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2011-19, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Justice Mission, the largest international anti-slavery organization, serving as Chairperson from 2014 – 2019. She also served on the Board of the Institute for Global Engagement, a non-governmental organization promoting international religious freedom from 2007-2014, including as Board Chair from 2009-2014. She has also served on the Board of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, the William and Mary Fund and the William and Mary Washington Office. She supports the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), an organization dedicated to promoting more diversity in the international affairs community.
In addition to her professional positions and board leadership, Ms. Bibbins Sedaca writes about democracy and human rights issues. She holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The College of William and Mary. She studied at Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin, Germany, while on a Rotary International Scholarship.