Samara Islam

Program Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her


I was born and did most of my growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I moved to the Pacific Northwest with my family at the beginning of high school and have lived here ever since. I currently reside in Vancouver, WA, with my partner, the cutest kid, a dog, and a cat.

I earned a BA in Communication from Washington State University in 2009. After graduating, I spent some time in various roles, trying to find something that would be the best fit for me. In 2016 my daughter was born, and I took the opportunity to take a break from the workforce and be a stay-at-home parent for the first several years of her life. During this time, I also earned an MBA from Oregon State University. I graduated in 2020 and joined NTEN in 2021. Being pretty green when it comes to the nonprofit sector, my passion for inclusion and creating a more accessible world ultimately drove me to this line of work.

I am an avid musician and moonlight as the singer and guitarist of a Portland, OR-based rock band. If I’m not making music, you’ll probably find me putting together Lego models, playing video games from the '90s, or consuming some form of science fiction. Sometimes I enjoy running.

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