November 4, 2015

Interview With Allison Jones, NTEN’s Marketing & Publications Director

Allison Jones is our newest team member. As NTEN’s Marketing and Publications Director, Allison will be diving into stewarding our research, communicating with our great Community, and guiding branding and messaging for NTEN’s myriad programs. Learn about Allison in the following interview!

Allison JonesDescribe yourself in three words.
Optimistic, driven, deliberate.

How did you first become involved with the NTEN Community?
Through the local 501 Tech club in NYC! While I was at Idealist, we hosted them in our office, and I was instantly impressed and amazed with the Community—a group of passionate, committed, and enthusiastic people!

What are some of the lessons you learned from your work at Idealist.org?
Gosh, so many! I learned the importance of collaboration across teams, of assuming the best in everyone you meet, of getting grounded and knowing yourself, of not being afraid to stick to your guns, and, most importantly, of asking for what you need/want. That last one isn’t specific to my time at Idealist, but it’s a life lesson I am recommitting myself to every day. As they say, “a closed mouth doesn’t get fed,” so you have to speak up for yourself and be your best advocate.

What are you most excited about as you transition into your new role on staff?
All of the learning I am doing! Really, I am excited about the new things on my plate: working remotely, working in tech, working on a major conference, working with new people! New things are both terrifying and exciting for me. I put a premium on learning and meaningful transitions, so this is a period of time where I feel like I’m growing and stretching.

Why do you care about marketing?
It feels very holistic to me. You have to be strategic (Why are we doing this? What does success look like?). You have to be creative (What kind of campaigns are we crafting? What can we try that we haven’t before?). You have to be collaborative (Who is the graphic designer? Who owns this aspect of the project?). And you have to LOVE the community you serve. You cannot take on an external-facing role and not love the people for whom you’re advocating/representing. I get to access all parts of my brain and personality.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
When I was younger I wanted to be Alex Mack. Still do.

What is your favorite Halloween costume of all time (yours or someone else’s)?
Someone dressed up as a CVS coupon this year. You know, those ridiculously long coupons you get even when you buy, like, a pack of gum? I think that’s clever and hilarious.

Her email address is allison@nten.org. Feel free and encouraged to drop her a note of welcome!

Steph Routh
Steph is NTEN's former Content Manager and currently serves as the Communication & Marketing Manager at the Community Cycling Center. She came to nonprofit work through the side door, after studying classical music performance, working in an Alaskan fish cannery, and teaching theater and creative writing in NYC and Thailand, among other pursuits. She has spent over a decade in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on organizational development, communications, fundraising, and program planning. Steph served as the first Executive Director of Oregon Walks for five years. She is passionate about removing barriers to opportunities and finding equity at the many intersections of social justice work. Steph is married to her bicycle and an aunt of two.