Laura Deitrick

Director of the Caster Family Center

  • PhD, University of San Diego, Leadership Studies
  • MA, University of San Diego, Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • BA, San Diego State University, Economics

Laura Deitrick serves as the Director for the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego. She has been a nonprofit executive director, board member, management consultant, and researcher on major nonprofit trends. Her research has led to important reports on nonprofit ethics, nonprofits and public education, nonprofit human resource practices, executive transition, the economics of San Diego’s nonprofit sector, nonprofit confidence, and regional grantmaking. In her role as Director of the Caster Center, Laura oversees the work of 6 doctoral students and other affiliated faculty. 

Currently the Center’s work is focused on research and evaluation and understanding the economic landscape of San Diego’s nonprofit and philanthropic sector in relationship to the broader economy. Dr. Deitrick is a faculty member in USD’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management master’s program where she teaches nonprofit research methods, program design, and evaluation.  She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of California San Diego where she teaches a graduate course in nonprofit management in the school of International Relations and Pacific Studies.  Additionally, she has lead numerous training sessions on critical nonprofit issues for groups such as the San Diego Association of Nonprofits, the Association for Fundraising Professionals, the California Consortium of Education Foundations, the Rancho Santa Fe Community Foundation, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, the North County Philanthropy Council, San Diego Grantmakers, The San Diego Foundation, and Union Bank.