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Committees

Guide our planning and decision-making by serving on one of our committees.

Our committees work in various ways to provide feedback, test, evaluate, and make decisions that help NTEN provide the best support, resources, and programs for the our community and sector.

To ensure our programs and resources are relevant and benefit the community, we include people in our community in our planning and decision-making through committees.

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Let us know which committees you're interested in, and we'll email you when applications open for 2023–2024 service.

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Accessibility Committee

NTEN is committed to ensuring that our programs, events, and resources are as accessible as possible. The Accessibility Committee supports and guides these efforts to extend our commitment to equity, values, and mission. Committee members have professional or lived experiences with a range of disabilities, neurodiversity, and inclusion practices.

Time commitment: Approximately six meetings per year up to one hour each, communication between meetings, and minimal material review outside meetings.

2021–2022 members

Brian Cavanaugh
Dar Veverka
Dave Tinker
Hassan del Campo
Jen Bokoff

Laura Patch
Maggie McGary
Rachel Kribbs
Richelle Pittella
Sheryl Talbert

Sonja Palmer
Susan Cornforth
Tricia Maddrey Baker


Community Equity Committee

NTEN is committed to anti-racism and dismantling white supremacy as we build toward liberation. To support a holistic and inclusive approach to equity, it’s essential that our community be directly included in the processes of surfacing, shaping, implementing, and evaluating our work. The Community Equity Committee creates a system of connection and accountability, reviewing NTEN’s equity practices and proposing ways for NTEN to more fully live its values. Committee members are diverse practitioners, committed to a world where missions and movements are successful through the strategic and equitable use of technology.

Time commitment: Quarterly meetings for 1–2 hours each, communication between meetings, and minimal material review outside of meetings.

2021–2022 members

Aki Shibuya
Dara Gray
DeAndre Pickett
Katrina Naeve
LaCheka Phillips

Lanette Rivera
Lucy Middleton
Mari Eva Mendes
Nicole Chase
Ola Adegboyega

Rachel Kribbs
Rosa Menjivar Beltran
Sam Chenkin
Smita Vadakekalam


Membership Committee

NTEN’s mission and beliefs are at the heart of all we do. We continue to increase the ways we advocate for the community, convene and collaborate with other organizations, and build programs for emerging needs. The Membership Committee provides NTEN with input and guidance about its programs and benefits, advocacy efforts, and opportunities to better meet our mission. Committee members include people with myriad identities, diverse lived experiences, and backgrounds across the fields of social impact and technology.

Time commitment: Quarterly meetings for 1–2 hours each, communication between meetings, and minimal material review outside of meetings.

2021–2022 members

Alice Hendricks
Brian Cavanaugh
Brian Rodriguez
Danielle Faulkner

Heidi Ellis
Jennifer Dyer
Lanette Rivera
Lisa Rau

Lucy Middleton
Nicole Chase
Nicole Chavez


Pizzigati Prize Committee

NTEN is proud to steward the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest to celebrate open source software developers in honor of the late Antonio “Tony” Pizzigati, an MIT-trained open source activist. The committee supports the grant process, including aligning on criteria, promoting the application opportunity, and selecting prize recipients. The committee includes veteran activists in the public interest computing community, but members do not need to have software development experience.

Time commitment: Approximately six meetings a year, up to one hour each, some communication between meetings and other actions when appropriate, like circulating the call for applications and reviewing applications.

2021-2022 members

Brian Rodriguez
Catherine Smith
Jaimie An

Leena Patidar
Mina Demian
Nathan Gasser

Nicole Chavez
Salim Lakhani


Programs Committee

NTEN’s programs include courses, certifications, and other opportunities to support technology leadership in the sector. These programs are a platform for practitioners to share their knowledge as faculty and learn as participants. While we gather feedback from participant evaluations, community surveys, and research, the Programs Committee is an important part of helping us prioritize, plan, and build relevant programs. Committee members have a wide range of experiences with NTEN’s programs as well as with technology. The committee reviews and provides feedback on program-related topics, including evaluation, new programs or models, course subjects, and potential faculty.

Time commitment: Quarterly meetings for 1–2 hours each, communication between meetings, and minimal material review outside of meetings.

2021–2022 members

Alhasan Almashyakhi
Anna Nordstrom
Dina Lewis
Isaac Shalev
Jaimie An

Jenn Thompson
Jennie Renner
Matthew Mielcarek
Medha Nanal
Mel Bilko

Mina Demian
Nicole Weaver
Rebecca Gregory Segovia


Session Advisory Committee

The Session Advisory Committee is a group of experts, practitioners, and champions in nonprofit technology. Committee members provide input as part of our community-centered process to develop the Nonprofit Technology Conference’s high-quality educational agenda. The committee creates a list of suggested topics, reviews sessions submitted within a self-selected content area, and provides feedback on the final agenda. There are no qualifications for serving on this committee — you can serve even if you’ve never attended NTC.

Time commitment: From July–January, three one-hour meetings, some communication between meetings, and material review outside of meetings. Mid-October to mid-November is usually a time-sensitive period for committee members to provide input within a particular area of expertise.

2022–2023 members

Alice Hendricks
Alyssa Ackerman
Ann Blanchard
Chelsea McCants
Cindy Leonard
Colin Boyle
Crystal Mahon
Deandre Pickett
Donna Thach
Fadi Al Qassar

Genie Gratto
Hillary Esquina
Jason Riggs
John Cruz
Julie Ziff Sint
Karen Bray-Pollak
Karolle Rabarison
Katelyn Gerber
Laura Patch
Leah Bernthal

Lindsey Twombly
Mari Eva Mendes
Patty Breech
Peter Campbell
Peter Gross
Richard Geiger
Sally Weldon
Varun Vij


Technology Committee

Many of NTEN’s programs, resources, and community experiences are facilitated through technology. We’re constantly working to improve systems and migrate to new ones when appropriate. It’s critical to the success of our mission that community members be part of how we plan and implement technology. The Technology Committee is focused on the testing, processes, decision-making, and user experience of the NTEN website, tools, and tech systems that impact our community. People of all technical experience levels are encouraged to apply, as well as those with lived experience with disabilities or neurodiversity that may impact how web and digital systems are used.

Time commitment: Quarterly meetings for 1–2 hours each, some communication, periodic testing, or reviewing staged prototypes between meetings.

2021–2022 members

Aline Lin
Anna Nordstrom
Anne Schuyler-Moon
Aparna Kothary
Carlos Gonzalez
Clint O'Brien
Craig Grella
Dara Gray
Emily Weinberg
Jaclyn Clark

Jenn Johnson
Jennie Renner
Jennifer Dyer
Katelyn Gerber
Kayza Kleinman
Zajac
Leena Patidar
Lou Kotsinis
Mark Root-Wiley
Mel Bilko

Mohit Kalra
Nathan Gasser
Ola Adegboyega
Prateek Narang
Richard Wollenberger
Sally Weldon
Sonja Palmer


Apply for a committee

Committee applications for 2022–2023 have closed. If you want us to notify you when applications open for 2023–2024, please complete the form below.

We value diverse perspectives and abilities on our committees. Committee members are expected to uphold, advocate for, and abide by NTEN’s commitment to equity and liberation. Committees meet virtually, and NTEN makes accommodations for accessibility or other needs. We request a one-year commitment, though members may end their service at any time. Participation on a single committee is limited to three consecutive years so others can share in these leadership roles.

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