Post Career Highlights
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, Calyn 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, Calyn 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, Calyn 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. She now serves as Director of Advancement for the University of Wisconsin’s Global Health Institute, leading philanthropic and fundraising efforts to advance equitable and sustainable health across Wisconsin and the world. Calyn 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. A health advocate, she is a member of Athletes for Care, a nonprofit organization uniting professional athletes as one voice to support research, education and positive social change. Calyn is co-founder of the Midwest’s first Tokeativity chapter that works to empower women at the root level and forward the normalization of cannabis through in-person and online events happening across the globe where women connect, learn and create. Calyn 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.