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Suzanne Breedlove

Victim Compensation Senior Program Manager

Suzanne Breedlove is a Senior Program Manager at the OVC Center for VOCA Administrators (VOCA Center) and serves as the TTA lead for VOCA Victim Compensation State Administrating Agencies (SAAs). Suzanne coordinates and delivers virtual and onsite peer-to-peer training and technical assistance to states and territories to create a strong support system, broaden victim services to historically underserved populations and advance promising policies and practices in federal grants administration. She serves as an integral member of the NCJA team and also collaborates with external partners including the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Board (NACVCB) and other national partners and TTA providers to address pressing victim compensation program needs and provide meaningful support to all SAAs.

Suzanne has more than 36 years of experience in victim services. For most of her career, she held the position of Director of Victims Services for the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council where she administered the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Program, Sexual Assault Examination Fund, and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance and Compensation grants.

Nationally, she has served on the Board of Directors for both the NACVCB and the National Association of Victims Assistance Administrators (NAVAA). Suzanne has a long history of working with communities experiencing mass violence. She assisted NACVCB in drafting the first ever Mass Casualty Protocol Manual for Victims Compensation Programs and also assisted OVC, with portions of The Oklahoma City Bombing After Action Report and the 9/11 After Action Report.

Throughout her career, Suzanne has served as a mentor for state compensation and assistance administrators on compensation program issues and grants management for VOCA administrators. Her life’s work has been to improve the lives of crime victims and provide guidance to those who serve them.

Suzanne also has a history of improving access to grants and compensation for Native American Tribes and tribal crime victims through policy changes that recognize and honor the unique needs of the Native American community. Through a State-Tribal Demonstration Program, she oversaw the important outreach effort that was recognized by OVC in 2015 when she was awarded the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award for “Public Policy Leadership, Vision, and Innovation that Benefits Crime Victims” during National Crime Victim Rights Week.

Suzanne has a proven history of drafting successful state legislative proposals to improve crime victim compensation benefits and services and she holds a business degree from the Western International University.