Nuvyn Peters joined the University of Calgary in July 2014 as vice-president of Development and Alumni Engagement to lead the university’s historic $1.3-billion Energize campaign. Under her leadership, the campaign has exceeded $1 billion, and the university was recently included as one of only two post-secondary institutions in the Globe and Mail’s list of the top 25 fundraising institutions in Canada.
Peters was appointed vice-president (Advancement) to build the new Office of Advancement, working on behalf of the university to deepen external engagement, increase philanthropic support, establish new and enhance existing community partnerships, identify opportunities to deepen the alumni experience, and promote UCalgary’s value proposition as a great research university.
Peters first earned her reputation as a philanthropic leader as Development Director of the Tahirih Justice Center in Washington, D.C. where she advocated for the rights of vulnerable women and girls. Through subsequent leadership positions, Nuvyn continues to be an influential leader in the philanthropic community, working with donors and organizations throughout North America.
Peters stewards and inspires a dedicated team of development and alumni professionals who strive to build a culture of lifelong philanthropy and alumni engagement. She is a seasoned executive with a track record of achievements in development, donor relations and capital campaigns. Prior to joining UCalgary, she was associate vice-president of Development and Campaign Operations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she managed all aspects of that university’s $1.5-billion campaign, including fundraising, board engagement, committees, communications, data and analytics.
Peters is a passionate community leader and has provided conflict resolution and negotiation seminars for the United Nations in New York; designed choreography for a local dance company; and volunteered as an inner-city piano teacher. In 2018, Peters was recognized for her role as an engaging community leader and innovator, and was honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. She has also been named one of Canada's top newsmakers of the week by Maclean's magazine.
Peters holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Arts in conflict resolution from Landegg International University in Switzerland.