Research Associate, Caster Family Center for Nonprofit & Philanthropic Research, University of San Diego
Kim Hunt, PhD is a Research Associate with the University of San Diego’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research (Caster Center). 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. She also teaches in the Masters in Education program at the University of San Diego.
Kim is the spouse of a retired Navy officer. They spent over 21 years on active duty, 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. She has also taught at all age levels throughout the US and Europe and worked in public, private, international, and DoDEA schools. Her volunteer activities include sitting on the Coordinating Council for the San Diego Military Family Collaborative, as a member of the SDUnited Steering Committee, CPSA Steering Committee and the conference Board for Families in Global Transition.
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 with highly mobile children. 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 International Trade and Development, and Certificates in the Global Mindset Inventory from the Thunderbird School of Management, Nonprofit Professional from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and German Proficiency from the Goethe Institute in Germany.