Irene Lukoff
Contact Info
Office: 3449 A.V. Williams Building
Phone: 301.405.4572
Irene Lukoff
Director of Development


Irene is responsible for relationship building with faculty, alumni, and friends of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CCMNS) at the University of Maryland (UMD). She works collaboratively with leadership, faculty, staff, and volunteers to cultivate, solicit, and close major gifts for the College and UMD-wide initiatives and priorities.

She has led major advancement efforts in higher education, academic science and medicine, and arts and culture—including 26 years at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) with stints at its School of Arts and Sciences, the Wharton School, and Penn Medicine—spanning six capital campaigns ranging from $4 million to $4 billion. She was a key member of the Team that engineered the transformation and move to self-sufficiency of the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)—from its days as a fledgling, interdisciplinary Center at Penn—to what has become the premier resource for the study of the history and impact of the physical, chemical, and life sciences, as well as related industries and technologies on society. CHF has been renamed the Science History Institute. Prior to joining UMD’s CCMNS, Irene served in such roles as: Director of Development for the American Physical Society, Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships at the Aspen Institute, and Vice President and Campaign Director for MedStar Washington Hospital Center.


B.A., Art History, Brown University (1980)
M.A., Museum Studies, George Washington University (1985)
M.S., Education, Higher Education Administration, University of Pennsylvania (1999)

What I like best about working for CMNS:

Diversity, talent and intellect of the staff, faculty and leadership; the fearlessly-forward STEM research and entrepreneurial efforts and achievements; the natural beauty of the campus

In my spare time, I enjoy:

Reading, painting and traveling to new places