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Interview with Pattie Carlin, NTEN’s Finance & Operations Director

We’re pleased to welcome Pattie Carlin, NTEN’s newest staff member. As Finance & Operations Director, Pattie will help keep us make sure our ship stays solvent and running smoothly. Read on to learn more about her history with NTEN, superpower dreams, and what’s really important for nonprofit funding.

1. Describe yourself in three words.

Honest, friendly, curious.

2. How did you first become involved with the NTEN community?

I attended the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference and was inspired by what I learned. I have continued to follow and incorporate ideas and actions in my professional life ever since that first encounter at the NTC. I’m so pleased to finally be a part of team NTEN.

3. What’s one thing you wish people knew about nonprofit finance and/or operations?

Donors and funders need to understand the importance of providing general operating support and capacity-building funds in order to maintain a nonprofit’s capacity to be nimble in responding to community needs. It’s how we get stuff done!

4. What are you most excited about as you transition into your new role on staff?

I’m excited to be instrumental in keeping NTEN healthy, happy, and strong as it continues to work its magic in the digital world.

5. Why do you care about nonprofit technology?

I’m interested in digital inclusion issues. I have worked in social/health services for most of my nonprofit career. When addressing social determinants of health (economic and social conditions that influence the health of people and communities), many organizations neglect to realize the influence that technology has on access to education, employment, information, social support, and health services. I believe in the importance of digital inclusion in equity and social justice.

6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Definitely teleportation, mostly to travel but also for those days when I just can’t seem to leave the house on time.

7. Who would you want to create the soundtrack of the movie about your life?

TV on the Radio, because they are a mish-mosh of influences and genres, just like me.