Laura Deitrick

  • University of San Diego – Associate Director of The Nonprofit Institute; Professor of Practice, Department of Leadership Studies

  • University of San Diego – P.h.D, Leadership Studies

  • University of San Diego – M.A., Nonprofit Leadership and Management

  • San Diego State University – B.A., Economics


Dr. Laura Deitrick 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 public confidence, regional grant making. In her role, Dr. Deitrick oversees graduate programs, leadership development initiatives, and the work of the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research. Under her direction, the Caster Center’s work is focused on research, evaluation, and understanding the economic landscape of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector in relationship to the broader economy. Dr. Deitrick is the director of 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. She is the co-author of Cases in Nonprofit Management: A Hands- On Approach to Problem Solving, recently released by Sage publications.