Elizabeth Castillo, Ph.D

Elizabeth is Assistant Professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University

How can we create a sustainable economy that works for everyone? Dr. Castillo investigates this problem through the lens of intangible assets (e.g., social, cultural, spiritual, reputational, and political capital) and their production of social, financial, and environmental returns (the triple bottom line). She also studies the relationship between resource exchange and the social construction of reality (social ontology). Her interdisciplinary research is inspired by two decades of management experience, primarily at the San Diego Natural History Museum and Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.

Castillo’s scholarship is published in academic journals like The Leadership Quarterly and translated for practical use in publications such as Nonprofit Quarterly. She is an avid hiker and nature photographer. Her mission is to repair the world through scholarship that promotes thriving organizations, fulfilled people, connected communities, and a world we can be proud to pass on to our children.

  • Ph.D. Leadership Studies, University of San Diego 2016
  • M.A. Nonprofit Leadership and Management (Award of Distinction), University of San Diego 2010
  • Certificate in Fundraising Management. The Fund Raising School, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University 2006
  • B.A. Philosophy and History (Summa Cum Laude), University of San Diego 1985