Samara Islam

Program Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her


Samara believes strongly in the power of human cooperation and collaboration and is passionate about community engagement, DEI, and fair representation. She has a BA degree in Organizational Communication from Washington State University and an MBA from Oregon State University. She is an experienced public speaker and loves giving presentations.

Samara also sings and plays guitar for a Portland, OR-based rock band and has performed for crowds across the Pacific Northwest. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA, with her wife, daughter, chihuahua, and two cats. A big fan of science fiction movies and pizza, Samara sometimes enjoys 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 & Product Manager

Eileigh Doineau

Senior Development Manager

Jarlisa Corbett

Office & Admin Coordinator

Jeremy Garcia

Senior Program Manager

Jude Parker Koski

Membership & Community Director

Karl Hedstrom

IT Director

Lauren Gall

Administrative Assistant

Leana Mayzlina

Senior Program Manager

Pattie Carlin

Finance & Operations Director

Samara Islam

Program Coordinator

Thomas Negron

Communications Director

Tristan Penn

Senior Manager of Equity and Accountability