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Laura Deitrick, PhD

Associate Director of The Nonprofit Institute; Professor of Practice, Department of Leadership Studies Program Director

Dr. Deitrick serves as the Director of the Nonprofit Leadership and Management graduate program and as the Associate Director of The Nonprofit Institute 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 and California’s nonprofit sector, nonprofit public confidence and regional grantmaking. She served as the principal investigator for Nonprofit Academy, an award winning capacity building project co-created by the Nonprofit Institute and The City of San Diego.

Dr. Deitrick is a faculty member in the Department of Leadership Studies where she teaches nonprofit management, organizational theory, program design and evaluation. In 2021, she was recognized as the department’s outstanding faculty member.  Since 2019, Dr. Deitrick has served on the board of directors for Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI). She is also the co-author of Cases in Nonprofit Management: A Hands on Approach to Problem Solving, published by Sage publications.