The University of San Diego announced Friday the appointment of a new director for its Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.
Laura Deitrick, a senior researcher for the center, will take over as director. As a researcher, she spearheaded numerous studies including research on the scope of local philanthropy, the economic impact of San Diego's nonprofits, executive transition trends, and is currently completing a forthcoming report on how San Diego's nonprofits are fairing in the economic downturn as well as a national survey on nonprofit employment trends.
Her latest research involved a comprehensive study of local education foundations throughout California.
The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research was launched in 2004 with grants provided by The Westreich Foundation and the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation. In 2007, the center received a naming contribution from the Caster Family.
Previously, Deitrick worked for seven years in development and served as the executive director of the Coronado Schools Foundation. She also acted as an independent management consultant to a variety of local nonprofits and served on several nonprofit boards.
"The center provides me with a terrific opportunity to do the types of research and evaluation projects that are so important to the well-being of the nonprofit sector -- a sector I care about deeply," Deitrick said.
Deitrick holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from San Diego State University, as well as a master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management and doctorate in Leadership Studies with a specialization in Nonprofit/Philanthropic Studies from USD.