Elizabeth Castillo

PhD, Assistant Professor

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Research interests

Collaboration, capitalization of organizations, leadership, capacity building, humanistic management

Professional Information

Dr. Castillo studies capitalization of organizations, focusing on the role that intangible assets (e.g., social, cultural, political capital) play in producing social and financial returns.  She conducts research on how organizations generate, convert, and exchange tangible and intangible resources. Her typology of capitals  systematically categorized these resources and the activating processes by which they are mobilized and converted. Her research is inspired by her 20-year management career in nonprofit and social enterprise organizations.

Courses Taught

OGL 260 Resource Allocation in Organizations

OGL 350 Diversity and Organizations

OGL 300 Theory and Practice of Leadership

Professional Leadership

Editorial Advisory Committee, Nonprofit Quarterly , July 2014 to present

Guidestar User Advisory Committee, December 2014-present

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership

Director of Development, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, 2009-2012 

Director of Foundation Relations, San Diego Natural History Museum, 1999-2009


Ph.D., Leadership Studies, University of San Diego, 2016

M.A., Nonprofit Leadership and Management, University of San Diego, 2010

B.A., Philosophy and History (summa cum laude), University of San Diego, 1985



Peer Reviewed Journals

Castillo, E.A. (in press). Qualities before quantities: A framework to guide dynamic assessment of the      nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Policy Forum.

Castillo, E.A. & Trinh, M.P. (2018). Catalyzing capacity: Absorptive, adaptive, and generative          leadership. Journal of Organizational Change Management. doi 10.1108/JOCM-04-2017-0100 (early cite).

Castillo,  E.  A.  &  Trinh,  M.P.  (2018). In search of missing time: A review of temporal effects in          leadership studies. The Leadership Quarterly, Yearly Review issue  29(1), 165-178.            https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2017.12.001

Ihm, J. & Castillo, E.A. (2017). Development and transformation of collaborative networks in            events. Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, 18(3), 205-224. doi: 10.1080/15470148.2017.1322021

Jones, J.A. & Castillo, E.A. (2017). The fundraiser’s journey: A developmentally informed, grounded          theory analysis. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 22(4), e1584. doi.org/10.1002/nvsm.1584

Castillo, E.A. (2016). Beyond the balance sheet: Teaching capacity building as capital building. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 6 (3), 285-300.

Castillo, E.A. & Titus, A. (2015). Activating the power of place: A case study of Market Creek. Foundation Review, 7 (3), 6-22. 

Castillo, E.A., McDonald, M.B., & Wilson, C.P. (2014). Where heart meets smart: The making of a grantmaker.  Foundation Review, 6 (2), 27-40.

Practitioner Publications

Castillo, E.A. (2018 Nov 20). Why are we still struggling with diversity, equity, and inclusion in            nonprofit governance? Nonprofit Quarterly. Retrieved from          https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2018/11/20/why-are-we-still-struggling-with-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-in-nonprofit-governance/. Public Impact: Readers shared this article 557 times via social media.

Castillo, E.A. (in press). Counting what counts: Measuring the true value of our work. Nonprofit             Quarterly.

Castillo, E.A. (2017 Dec 7). Vital signs: Catalyzing community well-being indicators. Nonprofit Quarterly. Retrieved from https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/12/07/vital-signs-community-wellbeing/Public Impact: Readers shared this article 220 times via social media.

Castillo, E. A. (2017 Oct 31). Restoring reciprocity: How the nonprofit sector can help save capitalism from itself. Nonprofit Quarterly. Retrieved from          https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/10/31/restoring-   reciprocity-nonprofit-sector-can-help-save-capitalism/Public Impact: Article was shared 234 times via social media; also cited in a subsequent NPQ publication shared 162 times. Reprinted in NPQ magazine Winter 2018, pp. 61-64.

Castillo, E.A. (2015) Are we there yet? A conversation on performance measures in the third sectorNonprofit Quarterly , 12/08/15. 


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