Welcome to NTEN’s newest board members!

During this month’s NTEN board and staff virtual retreat, we shared some of the stories that brought us to this work, favorite examples from NTEN’s programs, and what we hear in the community as so many organizations navigate the many layers of challenges right now. We also talked about advocacy, our theory of change, and what it could look like to monitor our work towards huge goals. There will be many ways that these conversations move into the programs, content, and conversations we have with the whole community.

We are excited to share that we’ve also gained four new board members who will be part of these conversations! You can see the full board and everyone’s biographies on the website, but below, we’ve included comments from Dee, Nejeed, Praan, and Raj. We are thrilled they’ve joined the board!

Dee Baskin

From the moment I stepped into my first NTC in 2018, I found a family. In my day-to-day life (even two years later), I usually don’t run into techie people who are also LGBTQ+ or BIPOC. To attend a conference where I could meet people with those identities (and then some) meant that I’d truly found my home here. I am so grateful to join the NTEN board because boards serve a unique and special role in an organization. We’re not steeped in the day-to-day, which allows space to envision an organization far beyond what’s currently in front of us. And during this dynamic moment of our history, clear vision is the way of the new world. I am honored to bring my passion and prowess to this talented team. And I look forward to what’s next for NTEN.

Nejeed Kassam

I am incredibly honored and excited to be joining the NTEN Board of Directors because I am a passionate advocate for the role accessible, powerful technology plays in building civil society and transforming communities.

Praan Misir

I’m thrilled to be joining the NTEN board. I owe a lot of my growth and development as a nonprofit technology professional to my first NTC back in 2014. Whenever I’ve needed advice or guidance, the NTEN community has always steered me on the right path. I have also appreciated NTEN’s leadership in ensuring that our sector and our society work for all of us. I’m excited to join the NTEN board and support NTEN as they continue to inspire and engage nonprofit tech professionals worldwide to continue building the nonprofit sector we need.

Rajneesh Aggarwal

I am really excited to join the NTEN board! NTEN is critically leveraging its collective power to dismantle inequities in many forms in both the technology and nonprofit sectors. I am deeply inspired by the team’s leadership and commitment to walk the talk and hope I can be of the greatest service to their vision.

Amy Sample Ward
Amy is driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change. Their prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has fueled Amy's work to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for organizations around the world. As the CEO of NTEN, Amy inspires the NTEN team and global partners to believe in community-generated change. Amy believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively and equitably, but doing so takes intention and investment in training, access, and collaboration.