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Elizabeth Castillo

Elizabeth Castillo

, Sustainable Management Program, Cal State San Bernardino

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix
411 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0604


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • , Sustainable Management Program, Cal State San Bernardino
  • Former Assistant Professor, Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


How can we create a sustainable economy that works for everyone? Elizabeth Castillo addresses this problem by investigating intangible assets (e.g., social, cultural, spiritual, reputational, and political capital) and the role they play in producing social, financial, and environmental returns (the triple bottom line). She also studies the relationship between resource exchange choices and social ontology (the social construction of reality). 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


  • PhD, Leadership Studies, University of San Diego, 2016
  • MA, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, University of San Diego, 2010
  • BA, Philosophy and History, University of San Diego, 1985


Journal Articles

In Press

Castillo, E. A. and M. P. Trinh. Catalyzing capacity: absorptive, adaptive, and generative leadership. Journal of Organizational Change Management DOI: 10.1108/JOCM-04-2017-0100. (link )


Trinh, M. P. and E. A. Castillo. 2019. Practical wisdom: The integration of Eastern and Western perspectives of virtue ethics. Academy of Management Proceedings 2019(1):. DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2019.13382. (link )


Castillo, E. A. 2018. Qualities before quantities: A framework to develop dynamic assessment of the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Policy Forum 9(3):Art. 5. DOI: 10.1515/npf-2018-0009. (link )

Castillo, E. A. and M. P. Trinh. 2018. In search of missing time: A review of the study of time in leadership research. The Leadership Quarterly 29(1):165-178. DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2017.12.001. (link )


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

Jones, J. A. and E. A. Castillo. 2017. The fundraiser's journey: A developmentally informed, grounded theory analysis. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing 22(4):e1584. DOI: 10.1002/nvsm.1584. (link )


Castillo, E. A. 2016. Beyond the balance sheet: Teaching capacity building as capital building. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership 6(3):287-303. DOI: 10.18666/JNEL-2016-V6-I3-7586. (link )


Castillo, E. A. and A. Titus. 2015. Activating the power of place: A case study of Market Creek. The Foundation Review 7(3):Art 4. DOI: 10.9707/1944-5660.1252. (link )


Castillo, E. A., M. B. McDonald and C. P. Wilson. 2014. Where heart meets smart: The making of a grantmaker. The Foundation Review 6(2):Art 4. DOI: 10.9707/1944-5660.1199. (link )