Interview with Erin Doherty, NTEN’s Community Coordinator

Erin Doherty is our newest team member. As NTEN’s Community Coordinator, Erin will be supporting content creation, community engagement, and membership. Learn all about Erin’s passion for nonprofits and tech in this interview!

DohertyErin1. Describe yourself in three words
Irreverent, nerdy, persnickety.

2. What is your favorite book, cartoon, or tattoo?
It’s impossible to pick just one book, but right now I’ll go with Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Or really anything by her. She was an incredibly insightful, curious writer.

3. What are you most excited about as you transition into your new role on staff?
I’m excited to dive in and learn more about the NTEN community. I worked in nonprofit admin, communications, and development for the past 15 years and while I wasn’t an NTEN Member, I did make use of the reports and other helpful resources provided. I’m also excited to be in a position where I can deepen my own tech and communications skills.

4. Why do you care about nonprofit technology?
I started working in small nonprofits years ago and it’s where I feel most at home. Over the years, I’ve ended up being the person people asked for help, whether it was setting up the printer, updating and creating websites, or figuring out what’s going wrong with that mail merge field. I’ve seen technology change from being a helpful tool to a necessary-for-survival tool in that time, and I know how hard it can be for nonprofits to navigate. At its best, technology helps nonprofits save time and money, and, perhaps more importantly, it helps nonprofits tell their stories and get people invested in their mission.

TL;DR: Technology is important and barring a major apocalypse, it’s here to stay, so I want to be part of helping nonprofits get the most out of it!

5. What do you feel should be a sport but isn’t yet recognized as one?
Dog snuggling. I’m pretty sure my chihuahua mix, Aoife, would bring home the gold.

6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Flying seems like it would be lots of fun.

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

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

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