June 25, 2014

Interview with Andrea Post, NTEN’s Events Manager

Andrea Post is NTEN’s newest team member. As Events Manager, Andrea will be working on events such as the Leading Change Summit and Nonprofit Technology Conference. Read about her inspiration for working in nonprofit technology and more!

Andrea PostAndrea Post1. Describe yourself in three words

Active, engaged, and creative.

Honestly though, I can barely even say “good morning” in three words…I’m typically a lot more verbose than such a small word count allows.

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

Everyone keeps asking me how I first learned about NTEN, and I just keep giggling because the truth is that I can’t remember. Doesn’t everyone just know NTEN?

The longer version of the story is that in a previous role, I was a part of a grantmakers’ group that was talking about funding NTEN back in the very early days. I know that I looked to NTEN as a resource when I was working for One Economy. And much to our surprise, Joleen and I discovered last week that we were copied on an email a few months ago while I was doing some work for WebVisions.

I feel like I’ve been bouncing just outside your periphery for years until this wonderful opportunity came up, but I’m so glad to be a part of such an engaged and committed community.

3. What are some of the lessons you learned as the former Director of Community Affairs for the One Economy Corporation?

One Economy Corporation was a non-profit organization which was focused on harnessing technology to improve the lives of low-income families and individuals. I originally joined their team during a strategic pivot to help out with social media, but then evolved into a different role working to build partnerships, secure grants and build content. So the first lesson that I learned at One Economy was flexibility.

For a while I worked on a project designed to help foster youth transition from care to independence when they “aged out” of the system. We had an idea that we could use computers and content to help the foster youth through their transition. It wasn’t until we listened to feedback from the program participants that we realized what they actually wanted was not to be forgotten. So we went back to the drawing board to develop a mobile platform that could provide them with a tether to a mentor. That experience taught me a great deal about the value of relationships between nonprofits and those they hope to serve; listening is key.

Ultimately, though, the biggest lesson I learned was that nonprofits need to think ahead. My little team had a great idea, terrific partners, and the best of intentions. We didn’t have the runway we needed to survive through long grantmaking cycles, and we were out of money. So the whole thing went dark.

4. If you had to give one piece of advice for nonprofits about organizing events, what would you suggest?

Don’t plan an event unless you are clear about the intended outcome. I like events that make me more knowledgeable, more connected to a community and include a strong call to action.

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

I’m most excited to be joining such a thoughtful and committed team of people both on the NTEN staff and in the NTEN community.

Also, there is a yellow lab right next to my desk right now. That’s pretty cool.

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