How can we create a sustainable economy that works for everyone? Elizabeth investigates this pr
oblem through the lens of prosocial resource exchange. Her interdisciplinary research uses ecological principles such as mutualism and energy flows across trophic levels in food webs to develop management theories and practices that promote equity, inclusion, antifragility, and open-endedness in organizations and society.
Dr. Castillo is a 2020 recipient of the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Worth Teaching award, a global prize for innovation and thought leadership that transforms business education. She serves as Secretary of the International Humanistic Management Association U.S. chapter. She formerly served on the leadership team for the Early Scholars section of ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) and is a member of the operating committee of the Integrated Reporting U.S. community. She is active in the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative and serves on the economic justice advisory committee for the Nonprofit Quarterly.
Castillo's research is inspired by two decades of management experience at the San Diego Natural History Museum and Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. Her scholarship is published in academic journals like The Leadership Quarterly and professional publications such as Nonprofit Quarterly. She is an avid hiker and nature photographer and a member of Conscious Capitalism Arizona. 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.