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Heather Carpenter

Heather Carpenter

Heather Carpenter is Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management.
246C DeVos Center

Professor Carpenter teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Nonprofit Financial Management, Fundraising, Human Resources, Nonprofit Technology and Voluntarism and the Nonprofit Sector. She has published articles in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership and the Journal of Public Personnel Management. She has also published several book chapters.

She participates on a variety of national nonprofit committees and partners with many national nonprofit organizations to promote and support nonprofit careers and the nonprofit sector.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Carpenter served as a research associate in the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego and Operations Manager for several nonprofit organizations in California and Illinois. She received her PhD in Leadership Studies with a Specialization in Nonprofit/Philanthropic Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. She has a Masters of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois and Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University


  • The book I am currently recommending to my friends is ... Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg .
  • My favorite place in the world is ... Yosemite National Park.
  • If I were not a professor, I think I would like to be ... an actress .
  • People are surprised to know that... I'm part Spanish, Mexican, Irish, French Canadian, Native American and English.
  • My favorite comfort food is ... Kraft Macaroni and Cheese


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