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Building Bridges Across the River names Senior Director of Development

Building Bridges Across the River is thrilled to welcome Sue Breitkopf as the organization’s Senior Director of Development. Following an extensive national search led by Good Insight, Breitkopf begins her new role in mid-June.

At Building Bridges, the nonprofit powering Washington, DC programs and public spaces including THEARC and the 11th Street Bridge Park, Breitkopf will lead philanthropic efforts at a time of pivotal investment in equitable development for residents living east of the Anacostia River.

Sue is a champion for the ground-up, community-centric partnerships we embrace,” said Rahsaan Bernard, Building Bridges’ President. “She brings an entrepreneurial skillset to our growing development team, and I know that her partnership will help Building Bridges realize our vision for vital, thriving communities in DC.”

Breitkopf joins Building Bridges in a time of dynamic growth, with campaigns to launch the 11th Street Bridge Park and add a new building for the Washington School for Girls underway.

“I am truly inspired to join an organization whose commitment to community-led and responsive development is a model for growth that celebrates people and delivers opportunity where it is most needed,” said Breitkopf. “I look forward to working with this great team to advance Building Bridges’ transformative vision and goals.”

About Sue Breitkopf

Sue Breitkopf is an experienced fundraising professional with a long-standing dedication to partnerships that support the arts and communities in Washington, DC. She joins Building Bridges from Woodley House, where she led fundraising and marketing as Chief Development Officer and transformed the organization’s external relations to engage donors, volunteers, and advocates in support of those living with mental illness.  

Breitkopf was previously Director of Development for George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Association Relations at the National Building Museum. At the American Alliance for Museums, she held communications, marketing, and development roles for more than a decade. Breitkopf previously worked as a journalist, covering a broad range of topics for the Washington Post, Fairchild Publications, the Washingtonian, and Urban Land.

About Building Bridges Across the River

Building Bridges Across the River (Building Bridges) exists to reduce structural barriers to social and economic mobility to build a more equitable city. Founded in 1997, the organization has created an effective blueprint for equitable development for Washington, DC residents living east of the Anacostia River. 

Building Bridges operates facilities, programs, and key partnerships focused on arts and culture, economic opportunity, and health and well-being. Its Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) houses more than a dozen nonprofits in a 203,000 square foot, state-of-the-art campus in DC’s Ward 8. THEARC is the country’s largest multisector social service nonprofit collaboration. Additional Building Bridges projects include the 11th Street Bridge Park, the Skyland Workforce Center, THEARC Theater, and Building Bridges Farms. Learn more at

About Good Insight

With a mission to connect good causes to great leaders, Good Insight is an executive search firm serving the social sector. They plan leadership transitions, recruit talented senior executives, and strengthen boards of directors. Good Insight focuses on leadership searches for small and mid-sized nonprofits with a nationwide reach. Learn more at

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