Calyn Ostrowski


1036 Medical Sciences Center


Calyn Ostrowski has dedicated her career to improving the health and wellness of communities worldwide. In collaboration with global policymakers, investors and world-renown experts, she has worked to expand programs, policies and research that tackles critical human rights issues from immigration, climate change and reproductive health to financial literacy and gender equity. An accomplished fundraiser and executive, Ostrowski has led operations and strategic partnerships for a diverse portfolio of nonprofit organizations, academic, government and financial institutions, leveraging capital to advance innovative business leaders and programs that deliver scalable solutions to today’s global challenges.

Recently, she served as executive director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions where she led strategic planning, fundraising and operations to strengthen the economic security of millions worldwide. In this capacity, Ostrowski also oversaw the industry’s Global Women’s Leadership Network and created international training activities to close equity gaps in women’s access to capital and professional development opportunities. During her tenure, she expanded the Network to 2,000 members in 78 countries and 60 global chapters, and facilitated trainings for 25,000 emerging and executive female leaders worldwide—resulting in the 2017 Distinguished Service Award and industry’s top global honor.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ostrowski led the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Global Health Initiative—a top 10 global think tank—where she served as issue expert and facilitated dialogue forums with domestic and international donors, policymakers, media, NGOs and academia to improve the quality of care for women’s health.

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