NTEN board members serve three-year terms with a limit of two terms. They’re interesting folks with a lot to say, so give them a follow on Twitter.
How can we harness technology to make a difference in the world? That’s the question I love to answer for organizations. With over 10 years of experience spanning the nonprofit and academic sectors both as an employee and a consultant, I have consistently helped organizations stay ahead of the technology curve. In 2013, I led Pathways to Education to become the first charity to issue tax receipts for Bitcoin donations. To date we have raised nearly $10,000 in this innovative way, however what is more exciting is that we have opened access and awareness to a brand new tech-savvy audience. I teach Digital Marketing at George Brown College. I find it rewarding and inspiring to help students understand the power and potential of digital media and gain the confidence they need to succeed. When I have the opportunity I love to speak and write about digital marketing strategy, digital fundraising, online youth engagement, website analytics, and of course digital currency. Some other projects I’ve been involved with include The Fastest Donation Form in the World Project, where I initiated and led the development of a proof of concept to explore the question, “What would the fastest donation form in the world look like?”. The answer? 2 clicks and 15 seconds. And Roo.io, a mobile-optimized system that provides a streamlined and cost-effective way to record telephone interviews for content producers and journalists.
I am a PR and communications professional with two decades of corporate and agency experience. After transferring to a career in the nonprofit world several years ago, I now serve as a public affairs and communications advisor with NeighborWorks America.
My role at NeighborWorks America provides communications and public affairs guidance for hundreds of our nonprofit affordable housing and community development network members.
It is a pleasure to be part of all the valuable networking and learning experiences that NTEN has to offer, and I look forward to bringing my skills as a collaborative and creative nonprofit communications professional to support the NTEN board’s strategic goals.
Beth Kanter was named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and is the author of the award winning Networked Nonprofit books and more recently The Happy Healthy Nonprofit. She is an internationally acclaimed master trainer and speaker, working in the nonprofit sector for over 35 years.
Emilio Arocho operates at the intersection of technology, business strategy, and mission. For over a decade he has activated associations and other nonprofits to better architect business strategy and system design using data.
Emilio has considerable experience in completing business transformation initiatives and managing teams who do the same, building strong data culture within organizations, developing software products, implementing AMSes, and more.
He currently serves on the executive committee of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Board of Directors, and engages in speaking appearances with NTEN and other esteemed organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.
Prior to joining Association Analytics, Emilio held leadership positions with Nimble AMS, a Community Brands company, National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), and other amazing nonprofit organizations.
Aki Shibuya is the Operations & Membership Manager at WA Women’s Foundation, a collective of informed women grantmakers who together influence community transformation. In her role, Aki is responsible for the Foundation’s member donors, database, communications, and technology. Previously, she fulfilled a variety of roles at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), a national membership organization dedicated to expanding and mobilizing philanthropic and community resources for underserved AAPI communities to build a more just and equitable society. She also taught English at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and at one point ran one of the largest Crocodile Hunter fansites on the Internet (Simply Croc Hunter). In Seattle, Aki is an active member of Social Justice Fund, and volunteers Seattle’s Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and AAPIP chapters, and Grinnell College Puget Sound Alumni Regional Planning Committee. She has also transcribed historical records to add to Densho’s online archive of documents concerning the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Aki holds a BA with Honors in History from Grinnell College, and an MA with Distinction in South East Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is currently pursuing an MS in Information Management at University of Washington.
Ananda Leeke serves as the Chief Social Media Officer at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the media, telecommunications, and technology. Ananda is also a mindfulness teacher and author. Her books 'Love’s Troubadours,' a yoga-inspired novel; 'That Which Awakens Me,' a mindful creativity memoir; and 'Digital Sisterhood,' a mindful technology memoir, are available on Amazon. She speaks at events sponsored by AT&T, Automattic, BlogHer, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Howard University, Institute for Medicaid Innovation, Nonprofit Technology Network, Meetup/WeWork, and Spelman College. In addition, she regularly shares her meditation, mindfulness, and social media expertise as a commentator on WHUR 96.3 FM. Learn more at AnandaLeeke.com
Deb Socia is President and CEO of The Enterprise Center, a nonprofit that nurtures innovation in Chattanooga with the goal connecting people to resources and building an inclusive community.
Growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Innovation District, building digital equity, and supporting research and implementation of smart city applications are all a part of the organization’s focus.
Prior to her current role, Deb was the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that supports community leaders as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. Previously, Deb was the Executive Director of the Tech Goes Home program in Boston whose mission is to ensure digital equity.
Deb’s early career included 32 years as an educator and administrator. She was the founding principal of the award winning Lilla G. Frederick Middle School, a Boston Public School where she led the one-to-one laptop initiative.
Deb has been the recipient of many awards for her work, including the NATOA Community Broadband Hero, the Pathfinder Award from MassCUE, the CRSTE Leadership and Vision Award, the Google Digital Inclusion Award, Motherboard Human of the Year, an NTENny Award, and the Charles Benton Digital Equity Award.
My name is Dee Baskin, she/her or they/them. I am a communicator, educator, advocate, and queer person of color with extensive experience in fundraising, communications, and administration across various industries. I volunteer my time with several local and national organizations as a board or committee member. My educational background includes a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a Bachelor’s in English and Public Relations from the University of Indianapolis.
I have a proven track record of bringing energy, enthusiasm, passion, and unique perspective to any project--and I'd love to collaborate with you or speak at your next event. Please reach out and let's chat about how I might contribute to your organization.
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Farra Trompeter is the Chief Growth Officer at Big Duck, a firm that develops the voices of determined nonprofits by developing strong brands, campaigns, and teams. Farra has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and communications for nonprofit organizations. Farra’s expertise focuses on helping nonprofits manage rebranding processes and develop compelling fundraising campaigns. She also loves building people's skills and knowledge through coaching, workshops, webinars, and classes. Farra serves as Past Chair of NTEN's board and is a part-time faculty member at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she teaches a class about strategic communications for nonprofits. She holds an M.S. degree in nonprofit management from The New School. Farra tweets about nonprofit communications and fundraising at @Farra.
John Zoltner is the Senior Advisor of Technology for Development and Innovation for Save the Children (www.savethechildren.org), a 100-year-old international nonprofit organization that operates in 120 countries, including some of the most challenging environments in the world. John has more than 20 years of professional experience designing, implementing and evaluating initiatives that take advantage of the power of innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) to achieve social impact in resource poor environments. For STC, John leads the organization’s technology for development work, leading innovative technology initiatives that improve program results, increase their reach, and amplify their impact. Prior to STC, John founded FHI 360’s (www.fhi360.org) TechLab, the unit dedicated to adapting ICTs and developing business models to integrate technologies into the organization’s programmatic work. His responsibilities ranged from strategic planning, managing TechLab’s open source software development team, partnership building and resource development, to proposal and program design for projects spanning the globe. John holds both an MBA and a BA in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy from Georgetown University, where he also taught the Innovations in Information Technology and Communications class for the Georgetown Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership certificate program for nonprofit CEOs.
Ken Montenegro is the Technology Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. As the technology director, Ken is responsible for ensuring technology is used to advance the programmatic objectives of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Prior to coming to the Center for Constitutional Rights, Ken was the technology director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles. He is a co-founder of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and of the Radical Connections Network. Ken is a graduate of the Peoples College of Law and Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild. He is a long-time activist with grassroots communities and movements, in particular around immigration and policing.
Though born, raised, and rooted in Los Angeles, Ken is now located in New York. He is part of the Guatemalan & Ecuadorian diasporas.
Ken has appeared in Wired, on Democracy Now!, presented at the Internet Freedom Festival, taught at Peoples College of Law, and is published in McSweeney’s: The End of Trust.
Meico Marquette Whitlock is a digital wellness and leadership coach who liberates changemakers from work-life imbalance and technology overload through speaking, training, and coaching. Meico is the founder and CEO of Mindful Techie, author of the Intention Planner, and a certified mindfulness facilitator. He has worked with organizations such as Cigna, Greenpeace, and the World Wildlife Fund. He has been a featured speaker on ABC News, Fox 5, Radio One, and on the main stage at events such as the Nonprofit Technology Conference. Learn about Meico’s work at mindfultechie.com or connect with him on LinkedIn or Instagram.
Nejeed Kassam, Keela’s Founder and CEO, is a lawyer by training. Keela emerged from his vision for a collaborative and productive space for nonprofits. Nejeed has worked in the sector for over 15 years including with the United Nations, the Senate of Canada and countless others. He is also the founder and former executive director of End Poverty Now, the author of High on Life and the producer of Conversations for Change. He has been recognized with many national and international accolades including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (from the Government of Canada), the Wendy Babcock Social Justice Award (from Osgoode Hall Law School), The Global Peace and Tolerance Award (from the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation), the Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Award, and as a Global Shaper (from the World Economic Forum).
Accidental techie with a passion for digital strategy and adoption, and advocate for greater diversity and inclusion within the charitable sector in Canada.
I’m always keen to learn new tools, techniques, and skills, and I’m always excited to share what I’ve learned. If you’re a fellow nonprofit techie, organizer, or project manager, let’s connect!
Raj Aggarwal has over twenty years of experience as a communications professional using technology to create social change. As founder of Provoc, he has worked with over 400 non-profit organizations and socially and environmentally responsible businesses on internal and external branding, marketing and customer engagement. He recently led a rebranding of the Smithsonian as the world’s largest conservation organization; consulting work with PetSmart Charities, a leader in pet adoptions and largest funder of animal welfare organizations in North America; and the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, including the Alzheimer’s Registry and supporting the NIH’s highest financially supported late-onset Alzheimer’s prevention study.
Raj keeps Provoc rooted in empathy-driven work by forging partnerships with values-aligned, visionary leaders and has led workshops and talks at dozens of national conferences. He serves on the boards of Think Local First, DC, Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, the DC Workforce Investment Council and the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and recently shared his personal story on NPR.
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