Sue Kim

Sue Kim

Chief Philanthropy Officer, Peabody Essex Museum

Metro Region: Winchester, MA

Member Since: 2024

Sue Kim is the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, where she serves as chief fundraising strategist and leads a team that increases philanthropic and membership support for the museum’s innovative programming, exhibitions, and initiatives. She is responsible for helping to establish an historic permanent Korean gallery at PEM opening in 2025. Known for her dedication to community-building and for her ability to forge deep relationships, she has been a leader in the field of global philanthropy and nonprofit executive leadership for more than two decades. 

Prior to PEM, Sue was the Head of Global Partnerships and Philanthropy for Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Solve Initiative. Sue led strategic efforts to identify and support tech-based social entrepreneurs from around the world who are tackling some of the most urgent global challenges. Her professional background includes executive positions at Harvard University, the Winsor School, Boston Children’s Museum and the American Red Cross, as well as international foundations and grassroots organizations. Sue’s purpose-driven career has led her to numerous speaking and teaching engagements, where she shares her expertise on philanthropy, nonprofit management, business development, women and people of color in leadership, social impact, and the importance of mentorship.

Sue holds a master’s degree in education with a focus on administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a focus on East Asia and English literature from Boston University.