Session Advisory Committee
The 2019 NTC Session Advisory Committee is a group of experts, thought leaders, and champions in nonprofit technology. They provide input as part of our community-driven process to develop the high-quality educational agenda for the Nonprofit Technology Conference.
How it works
We select three committee members for each of our six content category areas (IT, leadership, program, fundraising, marketing, communications, and tactical). Committee members then make meaningful contributions in three areas:
- Desired topics: Committee members help identify critical and desired topics within their respective areas prior to opening up the process for gathering publicly submitted proposals. This provides guidance on the topics that interested session presenters can address in their applications.
- Reviewing proposals: Committee members review proposals within their respective area and identify those that meet the needs of a balanced, content-rich agenda.
- Missing critical topics: Committee members help identify critical or timely topics missing from the public proposals that should be included in the final agenda.
Who can participate
Participation on the advisory committee is open to NTEN community members with demonstrated expertise in one of the five category areas. With a focus on making our programming as inclusive as possible, we encouraged those with diverse experience and perspectives to apply.
Below is the initial list of committee members.
Amy Jin Johnson
Amy Johnson is an experienced strategist, program administrator, and business development professional with demonstrated success in higher education, membership management, academic publishing, humanities advocacy, and digital marketing and strategy. As the former Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships at See3 Communications, she oversaw internal operations and partnership development with nonprofit organizations seeking to amplify their message through digital storytelling, video, and web. She has also organized sessions and professional development events for three annual meetings of the American Studies Association, two Humanities Advocacy Days for the National Humanities Alliance, and multiple symposiums and speaker series on college and university campuses.
Founder + Principal at Rhinocorn Consulting
Ben Bisbee is a dreamer, a doer, a madman with focus – he’s the good kind of dangerous. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit industry building successful and award-winning community and development programs for nonprofits of all shapes and sizes, he is the Founder + Principal at Rhinocorn Consulting and has been proudly contracted to solve problems, create national fundraising and volunteer platforms, and mentor leaders through new or difficult challenges nationwide. Ben has a passion for speaking, writing and educating and can be found all over the country doing just that for nonprofit and business audiences alike. When he’s home, Ben lives with his husband of 15 years and their 7 special needs cats.
Digital Communications Manager at Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
David Mascarina is currently the Digital Communications Manager for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. He oversees digital platforms, including the website, email newsletters and social media, to support and advance the Hilton Foundation’s mission, objectives and priority areas. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mascarina held several digital communication management roles in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Most recently, he served as Senior Manager of Digital Strategy at the Annenberg Foundation. Previously, he was Manager of Digital Design for the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl at the LA Phil. Mascarina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Communication Management degree in Digital Social Media from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Senior Manager of Annual Giving at Save The Redwoods League
Kate Berry thinks all dresses should have pockets and is currently the Senior Manager of Annual Giving at Save the Redwoods League. With over ten years of experience in project management of nonprofit direct response marketing and fundraising campaigns, she focuses on strategy, analysis, and donor stewardship to execute the strongest marketing product that resonates with donors and prospects; balancing the art and science of direct response.
Strategist at Grassriots
Sarah Ali is a digital strategist at Grassriots Inc. She is an expert at leveraging research, analytics, and insights to meet client needs. Armed with these tools, she creates integrated fundraising, marketing, and advocacy campaigns that engage and convert users on progressive issues. She has organized extensively in the grassroots progressive space, having formed women’s collectives, built anti-Islamophobia campaigns, and played a key role in University divestment movements. Sarah’s passion lies at the intersection of progressive politics and tech, and believes that people power can exist when we use digital tools for good, not evil.”
Director of Engineering, Public Interest Technology at New America
Afua Bruce is the director of engineering for New America’s Public Interest Technology program. Afua joined New America after spending several years working in the Federal government—at the White House and at the FBI. From 2015 to 2017, Afua served as the Executive Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s National Science and Technology Council at the White House. In this role, she oversaw 100 different Federal inter-agency working groups, tackling challenges on the environment, and sustainability, homeland and national security, science, technology, and STEM education. While at the FBI, Afua held a variety of strategy and program management positions. She led work on data challenges, technical project management, process improvement, and strategic change for the Bureau’s engineering, lab, and financial programs. Prior to joining the Federal government, Afua was a software engineer at IBM. Afua holds a degree in computer engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Director, IT & Systems Operations at Education Pioneers
10+ years of experience as a people manager and nonprofit enthusiast. My strengths include general operations, strategy, project management and people. My specialties include project management, operations, strategy, governance, team management… and tech! My current areas of focus are information & knowledge management and GDPR. I’m a co-lead of NTEN’s Tech Decision Makers online community as well as a co-founder of the NTEN Oakland chapter.
Digital Technology Director at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Data Insight and Training Manager at Kids' Food Basket
Jenny graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Anthropology and History in 2011, where she found a passion within nonprofits through her involvement with Alternative Breaks. In 2013, she completed her Masters of Public Administration, specializing in nonprofit leadership and management, from Grand Valley State University. After joining the Kids’ Food Basket in March 2013, she quickly found strengths and passion in training and database management. In 2018, she was promoted to Data Insight and Training Manager. Jenny lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with her dog, Penni. When Jenny is not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing piano and running.
Kamal Singh Masuta
Director of Technology at NYC Department of Education
Kamal’s 18 years of experience in digital have allowed him to gain extensive knowledge and perspective in many industries. He has worked on the staff at nonprofit organizations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists and at for-profit companies like Nature Publishing Group. Having been on both the vendor and client sides at various points in his career, Kamal is attuned to the needs and desires of both. This gives him the ability to guide clients towards more effective digital solutions than your average vendor. Kamal received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Stony Brook University and has taken continuing education courses at Pratt Institute and NYU.
Principal at Venture Industries Online
Drew McManus may run a web development company but don’t let that fool you into thinking he’s only a tech geek. He pairs that alongside 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience. His expertise spans multiple sectors and is regularly quoted as a nonprofit industry expert in media outlets including The New York Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Director, Technology and Digital Strategy at Food and Drug Law Institute
Emilio Arocho is a Washington, DC professional with a decade of experience empowering nonprofit organizations to operate as more functional businesses by allocating their modest resources towards mission-focused digital transformation strategies. As Director of Technology and Digital Strategy at the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), he facilitates data-driven decision making across teams, and tailors cloud architecture and business processes to anticipate and exceed stakeholder demands. Emilio holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Director Network Engagement and Collaboration at Union for Reform Judaism
As the Director of Network Engagement and Collaboration for the Union for Reform Judaism, Larry helps more than 10,000 lay and professional leaders connect and collaborate in their Yammer enterprise networks. He helps them use the technology, but even more important, Larry helps them embrace the skills and behaviors that will help them make the most of the technology we are asking them to use. Larry has worked in the Jewish community for over 20 years, before which he worked in the publishing industry for 12 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the American University with a degree in photography and film and lives in Buffalo Grove, IL with his wife Dr. Lynn Glickman. They are the parents of two beautiful daughters, Eliana and Sophie.
Mobile Strategist at Upland Mobile Messaging
Meredith Begin is a mobile strategist with Mobile Commons/Upland Mobile Messaging, where she works closely with nonprofits of all shapes and sizes to help ensure strategic and successful engagement campaigns via a robust text message and phone call platform. Before moving to the vendor side, Meredith was an education and outreach organizer at Food & Water Watch where she honed her digital engagement and strategy skills as an online organizer. In addition to driving text message and call-in day campaigns as well as many of the national and regional email campaigns, Meredith worked across teams to incorporate text messaging into the organization’s overall strategy, and planned and implemented a training program for colleagues. Now, working remotely from the Midwest, Meredith has plenty to share about working with distributed teams.
Team Member at Palio
Sophia Guevara MLIS, MPA. Sophia is the Virtual Events Committee Chair for the Special Libraries Association Information Technology Division. She also serves on the Technology Advisory Committee and the Public Policy Advisory Council of the Special Libraries Association. At the American Evaluation Association, she serves as co-chair of the Social Network Analysis Topical Interest Group. She also serves as a member of the Nonprofit Technology Network Connect editorial committee.
Independent Consultant at Women's Equality Center
Brittany has spent the last five years working in international development (with a focus on the global fight for women’s rights), and the national reproductive rights movement leading a range of digital strategy initiatives, digital media buying, and campaigns. When Brittany isn’t fighting for women’s right to choose you can most likely find her on the C train listening to Barbra Streisand.
Digital Fundraising and Engagement Manager at Brooklyn Public Library
Dupe Ajayi has been a leader in digital, tech and social media marketing since 2006. She is a strategic and creative thinker who understands the impact of simple, informative and engaging digital/social strategies. She’s committed to marketing for good.
Digital Marketing Manager at San Antonio Area Foundation
Eliana Rodriguez brings more than eight years of experience in communications and marketing to her role as digital marketing manager at the San Antonio Area Foundation. Eliana is responsible for developing and implementing innovative digital marketing and social media strategies that enhance visibility and outreach to donors and stakeholders. She is also responsible for managing and ensuring brand consistency. Prior to joining the Area Foundation, Eliana worked at NALCAB—National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, a membership-based organization representing and serving a geographically and ethnically diverse group of more than 100 community and economic development organizations across the country.
Owner at MRW Web Design
Mark Root-Wiley builds WordPress websites for nonprofits in Seattle, WA. He is also an NTEN faculty member, teaching the “Anatomy of a Website Redesign” course. Mark volunteers to support NTEN’s WordPress community and co-lead recruitment, selection, and support of all speakers for the WordCamp Seattle 2017 conference. He presents about WordPress, web accessibility, and website best practices at local events and maintains NonprofitWP.org, a free WordPress for nonprofits resources. Off the computer, Mark loves watching the Seattle Sounders soccer team and playing in his local community percussion ensemble.
Norman Reiss is focused on helping older persons to live a full and engaged life, filling multiple roles at senior services organizations: Dorot, Radical Age Movement, and Selfhelp Community Services.
Philanthropic Counsel, Digital Specialist at Good Works
Charlotte is a fundraiser, writer, and bonafide tech nerd. In her 3 years at Good Works, she’s helped a multitude of non-profits to effectively integrate digital into their fundraising. She specializes in all things online, including email, websites, social, and content creation. Charlotte is a member of the steering committee for Tech4Good Ottawa, a volunteer with her local CAGP chapter, and a firm believer in pronouncing ‘gif’ with a hard G.
Director of Information Technology at Urban Teachers
Dar is the Director of Information Systems & Technology for Urban Teachers. She originally started out in international conflict resolution working in Sweden after undergraduate school, and then left grad school to join a women’s collective whole grain bakery for several years. She spent some time after that playing in the mud with pigs at an animal sanctuary and then veered into IT, where she’s been for over 20 years. She started out in IT working at non-profits and then moved into the corporate world. More recently, Dar has come full circle back to the non-profit world that she missed and works at mission-driven nonprofits focused on civil rights, poverty & education. When not doing things in IT, she can be found out hiking, reading a good book. or spending time with her companion animals. And drinking coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
Technical Training Specialist at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
Janice Chan is a Technical Training Specialist for Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, a writer for Wethos, as well as a co-organizer for NTEN’s Nonprofits and Data online community group and a faculty member for the Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate. Originally from New York, Janice arrived south of the Mason-Dixon Line via St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Post-graduation, Janice served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA before officially joining the nonprofit sector. After several years working in development and gaining experience in marketing, communications, proposal writing, project management, event planning, volunteer management, and data management, she switched gears and put these skills to use in program/curriculum development before mixing it up again. She enjoys organizing information, making playlists, and figuring out how we could do this better. You can find her on Twitter @curiositybone
Director at Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Joe Patti’s career in arts administration has spanned a wide range of disciplines and geography from outdoor music festivals to producing an opera sung entirely in the Hawaiian language. Since 2004 he has written the Butts in the Seats blog about the theory and practice of arts administration. He is also a contributor to the ArtsHacker site where he focuses on topics related to boards, law, governance, policy and practice. Joe is a significant proponent of Creating Connection, a long term initiative helmed by Arts Midwest and the Metropolitan Group to build public will for arts and culture.
Senior Manager of Operations at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
With over 10 years’ experience in nonprofit operations, Wing is obsessed with how people, systems, and processes converge. She is the Senior Manager of Operations at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, a community of grantmakers that turns a hunger for more effective philanthropy into clear pathways for achieving it. Previously, she managed the operations of the DC Chapter of ACLU and for DC Law Students in Court, a direct legal services organization. She serves on the steering committee of the Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – DC Chapter, and on GEO’s internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion working group.
Director of Technology Operations at Global Citizen Year
Aparna is the Director of Technology Operations at Global Citizen Year as well as a co-organizer of the Oakland NTEN Nonprofit Tech Club. Originally from the East Coast, Aparna has spent the last 5 years at Global Citizen Year working in admissions, enrollment, and most recently in technology operations. Post-graduation, Aparna served as an Americorps* VISTA at a civil and immigrant rights organization in Washington DC. This experience kicked off Aparna’s nonprofit career and she has since then worked at a variety of organizations with technology being the common thread. Aparna is passionate about helping people be more effective and efficient by using technology innovatively and appropriately. She loves learning about new tools, tinkering, and bringing people together to talk nonprofit tech!
Digital Marketing Manager at FORM
Ceci is a multi-faceted marketing professional with over 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts, nonprofits, and small businesses utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. Currently the President of Cardinal + Company, she is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methods. Ceci is passionate about empowering people through marketing and is a contributor to Arts Hacker where she regularly shares timely information and step-by-step tutorials.
Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist at Howard University
Charrosé King is a graphic designer and communications specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Parsons the New School for Design in Communication Design and a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. She has worked in public education, international development, mental health, and now works in higher education. She is the Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist for Howard University’s Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. A hardcore NTC enthusiast, Charrosé is a seven-time-attendee and three-time-presenter. She has presented sessions about social networking, design principles for the non-designer, and cultural context in communications.
Senior Digital Communications Manager at Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Stacy is the Senior Digital Communications Manager for Programs & Partnerships at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and one of the co-organizers of NTEN’s Nonprofits and Data online community group. With a mix of tech knowledge and empathy for the user, she ensures that kidsdata.org and lpfch.org are both useful and full of useful information. She is an experienced project manager, overseeing website redesigns, developing and maintaining CRM systems, and creating online communication and engagement strategy.
Vice President at Benefactor Group
Steve has worked in the nonprofit sector for his entire career. For the first eight years, he worked as a fundraiser doing everything from direct mail and events to major and planned giving. He was involved in his first database conversion in 1995 and was hooked. His passion for how data could empower and amplify the work of nonprofits led him to consulting with a focus on nonprofit technology. He has spent the last 18 years providing technology consulting to the country’s leading nonprofits, large and small. Steve is the Vice President of Benefactor Group, a national nonprofit consulting firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. His expertise lies in project leadership, CRM, business analysis, analytics, and ensuring that business stakeholders are served by technology. In addition, Steve has been a presenter at conferences and contributed many articles and case studies to educate clients. His skill allows him to bridge the gap between technology and the business of nonprofits.