Peggy Irwin is Grant Writer/Administrator for Cleveland State’s College of Sciences and Health Professions. In this role, she assists faculty members within the college and leaders across the university secure and steward grants and gifts to advance research, education and community service programs. Administrative functions for the Dean’s Office include project management, college-level marketing, as well as university-wide development and engagement activities.
Prior to joining Cleveland State, Peggy served as Director of Foundation Relations for Cleveland Botanical Garden where she supported a $54M capital campaign. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education, health care, museums and the corporate sector with a particular focus on coordinating complex grants in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEM). She is especially passionate about access, engagement and innovation in informal science education; experiential, lifelong, free-choice learning; citizen science; and community-based participatory research.
Peggy holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in biological anthropology from Western Washington University, and earned a certificate in fundraising from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She is an active volunteer in the community.