Amy Sample Ward

Chief Executive Officer

Pronouns: she/they


Driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change, Amy is NTEN’s CEO and former membership director. Their prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has also fueled aspirations to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for all organizations.

Amy inspires the NTEN team and partners around the world to believe in community-generated change. Amy believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively, efficiently, and inclusively, and is interested in everything from digital equity to social innovation.

A frequent conference presenter and keynote speaker, guest on podcasts such as Nonprofit Radio, and author with contributions various books and magazines, Amy has a bachelor’s degree in English & New Media from Valparaiso University. Amy's book, Social Change Anytime Everywhere, co-authored with Allyson Kapin, was a Terry McAdam Book Award finalist in 2013.

Offline, Amy is hiking, biking, or exploring with her partner, child, and dog, with a preference for Oregon’s coast or wine country. Amy is also known to give excellent hugs.

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 Education Manager

Eileigh Doineau

Senior Development Manager

Jarlisa Corbett

Office & Admin Coordinator

Jeremy Garcia

Program Manager

Jude Parker Koski

Membership Director

Karl Hedstrom

IT Director

Lauren Gall

Administrative Assistant

Leana Mayzlina

Senior Program Manager

Pattie Carlin

Finance & Operations Director

Sonya Min

Graphic Designer

Thomas Negron

Communications Director

Tristan Penn

Community Engagement & Equity Manager