Calyn Ostrowski

Director of Advancement


1036 Medical Sciences Center



Calyn Ostrowski has dedicated her career to improving the health and wellness of communities worldwide. An accomplished fundraiser and executive, Ostrowski has led strategic partnerships, program development and administration for a diverse portfolio of nonprofit organizations, academic, government and financial institutions to scale innovative solutions that tackle today’s global health challenges. As director of advancement, Ostrowski leads philanthropy for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Global Health Institute (GHI) and serves as strategic adviser for the planetary health scholars’ program.

Prior to GHI, Ostrowski was Managing Vice President of Business Development and Financial Empowerment for Summit Credit Union. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, she led the Foundation’s strategic planning, fundraising and operations to strengthen the economic security of millions worldwide and oversaw the Global Women’s Leadership Network to close equity gaps in women’s access to capital and professional development opportunities.

In 2008 – 2012, Ostrowski managed the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Global Health Initiative—a top 10 global think tank—where she served as issue expert on the intersections of health, gender, and climate change and facilitated policy dialogue forums to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.

Ostrowski is passionate about global outreach while also making a local impact. She is a volunteer board member of the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Economic Justice Institute and recently completed board terms for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services and Girl Scouts Badgerland. Ostrowski holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she dove on the Women’s Swimming and Diving team.