Amy Sample Ward

Chief Executive Officer

Pronouns: they / them


Amy is driven by a belief that technology should be accessible and accountable to everyone, especially communities historically and systemically excluded from the digital world. Their prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has fueled Amy's work to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for organizations around the world.

Amy has had the privilege to present at conferences around the round, be a guest on podcasts, and author contributions in various books and magazines. Amy's most recent book is The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Philanthropists, and Technologists Can Build an Equitable World co-authored with Afua Bruce. Their previous books include Social Change Anytime Everywhere, co-authored with Allyson Kapin, which was a Terry McAdam Book Award finalist, and Social by Social.

In addition to Amy's work at NTEN, they are also active locally and globally in supporting, learning from, and contributing to the power of other organizers and leaders. Amy is the chair of the Portland Elections Commission, a board member for The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, a Steering Committee member for Invest in Open Infrastructure, and a formal and informal advisor to a number of nonprofit, technology, and digital inclusion initiatives.

Staff Listing

Amy Sample Ward

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Post

Conference Director

Ash Shepherd

Chief Program Officer

Daniel Fellini

Senior Web Development Manager

Drew Pizzolato

Senior Program and Product Manager

Eileigh Doineau

Senior Development Manager

Jarlisa Corbett

Office and Admin Coordinator

Jeremy Garcia

Senior Program Manager

Jude Parker Koski

Membership and Community Director

Karl Hedstrom

IT Director

Lauren Gall

Administrative Assistant

Leana Mayzlina

Senior Program Manager

Pattie Carlin

Finance and Operations Director

Samara Islam

Program Coordinator

Share Roman

Impact Coordinator

Thomas Negron

Communications Director

Tristan Penn

Senior Manager of Equity and Accountability