Bridget McMinn brings a career of marketing and fundraising experience to First Flight. With an MA in Human Resources Development from George Washington University, Bridget began her career in Washington, DC serving in management roles for two federal agency projects on the prevention of sexual harassment in higher education and then the treatment of adolescent alcohol abuse. With a Washington, DC special events firm, she managed two 55-day national concert tours of the President’s Own Marine Band and oversaw marketing and special events at Union Station (train station).
She served as the Deputy Director of Inaugural Balls and Dinners for the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Committee, bringing 65,000 guests to Inaugural Balls and 8,00 guests to four Inaugural dinners. As Director of Public Affairs for a behavioral health firm, she created a government relations division and managed lobbyist activities in 8 states. Still in the healthcare arena as Director of Community Relations for an acute care hospital, she orchestrated public relations and advertising campaigns. With the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, she managed the grant team and created unique corporate partnership fundraising programs, raising over $3 million annually. At First Flight, Bridget “invents” business development strategies to raise revenue to support programs that help startups.