Interview with Lyndal Cairns, NTEN’s Membership & Engagement Director

Lyndal Cairns is our newest team member. As NTEN’s Membership & Engagement Director, Lyndal will be setting the vision of membership and integrated marketing for the organization, and leading our team to reach that vision. Learn all about Lyndal’s passion for nonprofits and data in this interview!

Picture of Lyndal and a parrot on her arm.1. Describe yourself in three words.
Thoughtful, open, punny.

2. How did you first become involved with the NTEN Community?
I’m a lifelong advocate for nonprofits, especially capacity-building organizations like NTEN. In 2012, I was working at an LGBT health organization back home in Australia, and I was offered a scholarship to the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco. When it opened with the raunchy, ear-poppingly loud Extra Action Marching Band, I knew I had stumbled upon a conference and a community all its own.

3. What are you most excited about as you transition into your new role on staff?
It’s a brand new role in a great team and I’m very excited to tell the stories of the inspiring and diverse NTEN community.

4. Why do you care about nonprofit technology?
Our sector’s communities are building a better, more just and more sustainable world. Nonprofits deserve the technology support, capacity and infrastructure to meet their goals efficiently. There is nothing less at stake than our future.

5. You just moved to Portland. What’s on your bucket list?
Plant a yellow rose bush; eat some Salt & Straw ice cream; visit a bat colony; kayak; meet some new friends!

6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To instantly remove all inappropriate apostrophes from restaurant menus and real estate signs.

7. Who would you want to create the soundtrack of the movie about your life?
Billy Bragg. <3

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

NTEN Staff
NTEN is where nonprofit professionals learn about and celebrate the ways technology helps them meet their missions. More than 50,000 community members access NTEN’s capacity-building programs and services, including educational courses, the Nonprofit Technology Conference, and online and in-person discussion spaces. We are the membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. Our members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.