Amy Sample Ward
Chief Executive Officer
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.