Welcome to four new board members!

As 2019 comes to close, we welcome four new board members! We’ve posted their bios, but also asked them to share their initial thoughts from they were invited to join and why they accepted the invitation.

Sarah Ali

Thank you for selecting me to join you all on the board of directors of NTEN! I bring with me just under a decade of social change experience, from the frontlines of distributed activism to the back end of digital organizing and marketing for nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and community-led grassroots projects. I am excited to use this experience, and learn from all of yours, to help collectively govern and contribute to NTEN’s community spirit, commitment to equity and liberation, and position at the cutting edge of the sector.

Emilio Arocho

I strive to develop and support a nonprofit sector that is equitable, diverse, educated, and empowered to make the world a better place through technology. I am so thrilled at the prospect of serving on the board of NTEN, an organization that’s been a valued part of my life for almost a decade.

Bridget Jackson

I have been an NTEN member for nearly three years. During those three years, I’ve been fortunate to have also been a session contributor at the NTC. It has been a pleasure to be part of the valuable networking and learning experiences that NTEN has to offer. It is my hope that my skills as a collaborative, creative, and dynamic nonprofit communications professional will be an asset to the board’s strategic goals.

Aki Shibuya

I think it’s an incredibly exciting time to join the NTEN Board of Directors, especially with the recent thoughtful changes made to the membership model that empower individuals, and the continuing dedication to assess and grow the organization through an equity lens. It’d be my honor to give back to the NTEN community — a space where I’ve learned so much from and where I’ve met some incredible individuals — by using my background and knowledge to help guide the organization strategically in its next stages.

Amy Sample Ward
Driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change, Amy is NTEN’s CEO and former membership director. Her prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has also fueled her aspirations to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for all organizations. Amy inspires the NTEN team and partners around the world to believe in community-generated change. She believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively, efficiently, and inclusively, and she’s interested in everything from digital equity to social innovation.