Graduate Research Assistant, Caster Family Center for Nonprofit & Philanthropic Research, University of San Diego

Kim Hunt, MA is currently a Doctoral Research Assistant with the University of San Diego’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research (Caster Center) and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a focus on nonprofit management. Kim’s work at the Caster Center focuses on evaluations and needs assessments of nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations serving the military community.

Kim is also the spouse of a retired Navy Commander spending over 21 years on active duty and moving 16 times to various Navy and joint command assignments throughout the US and Europe with their two daughters. She has worked in a variety of roles for military relief organizations such as NMCRS (Navy), AER (Army), and AFA (Air Force) as well as the American Red Cross, DoDEA schools, and numerous spouses’ organizations. Kim has also worked as a systems engineer and business manager for nonprofit organizations.

Currently, she is a Visiting Professor for DeVry University, San Diego and serves on their Leadership Team and as the Writing Liaison for the school. She also volunteers for the San Diego Military Family Collaborative as a member of the Coordinating Council as well as its Peer-to-Peer Network task force.

Kim’s research is focused on the transitioning challenges of highly mobile military children, the coping strategies of military families in transition, military spouse employment and empowerment, and building resiliency and leadership capacity. Kim holds a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum Development from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor’s Degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in Economics with an emphasis in Developing Nations, and a Certificate in German Proficiency from the Goethe Institute in Germany.