About Amy

amy sample ward headshotValuable engagement and lasting impact are the driving values in my work with both geographic communities and communities of interest. Through strategy building, training, and facilitating, I have helped groups in the US, UK, and around the world use social and mobile technologies to start creating a better world. I work with organizations of all sizes and all kinds, and truly believe that by creating strong communities we can change our world.

In 2013, Allyson Kapin and I co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community, available from Wiley/Jossy-Bass. In 2009, I co-authored Social by Social: A handbook in using social technologies for social impact. I’ve also had the great opportunity to contribute to additional publications about social media and online engagement (for details, visit the Publications page.) I am a monthly contributor to Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio and a regular contributor since 2008 for the Stanford Social Innovation Review Opinion Blog.

I’m happy to have spoken at conferences, workshops, and training days in the US, the UK and beyond, including the Nonprofit Technology Conference and SXSW Interactive.  (Review presentations, speaking dates, and other information about my presentations here.)

In addition to my independent work with organizations and communities, in March 2011, I joined NTEN as the Membership Director. In June 2013, I transitioned to be NTEN’s CEO. I have worked in private philanthropy, advocacy nonprofit organizations, international nonprofits, web design companies, and as a consultant.

I’d love to connect with you, hear what you’re working on, share ideas, and learn from each other!

If you want to contact me, drop me an email and let me know what you’re working on, thinking about, or passionate about!

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You are an incredibly important part of my work. This blog is an avenue for connecting with you and creating, nurturing, and enriching those relationships.  Together we will learn about the technologies we can leverage for nonprofit organizations and social change projects.  I value your readership and especially your comments and feedback.  You can always contact me through this blog and expect a response.

I try to always share conference notes and ideas from speaking engagements or events that I attend and will try to keep you abreast of opportunities to learn more.


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About NPTech

What is “nptech”? Great question! NPTech stands for “nonprofit technology” and encompasses a wide range of topics at the intersection of social impact work and technology, social media, and ICT. There are many resources, conferences, webinars, and conversations within this space; and a strong community committed to creating and sharing value has formed under the tag. Search for “nptech” on twitter, in delicious, or anywhere else to see what people are saying!

Speaking & Training

I love meeting new people, sharing ideas, and collaborating. Conferences, workshops, and other events are great opportunities to do just that.  I have spoken at a number of events and can either plan and facilitate a full workshop seminar, present alone or with others, or participate on a panel, etc.  I am happy to discuss my availability for participation – just let me know what you’re working on! You can see upcoming engagements already on my calendar and review notes and slides from past events on the Presentations page.


Everything on this blog is entirely my own opinion and does not reflect any opinions, views, support, or grantmaking directives of a past, current, or future employer. Even content that is quoted, similar, or reflecting on subject matter from an employer’s-hosted blog, is used without any relation to that organization once on this blog and continues to be entirely my own opinion.