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Community IT Voices: Rob Schamberg, Community IT Board Member

Join us for our series featuring interviews with Community IT employees and board members. In this series, we talk about nonprofit technology career paths, career resources, skills, and certifications. We will also touch on mentoring opportunities as you start out on your career and ways to give back if you are further along. If you are wondering what it is like to work at a place like Community IT, you can learn about it here.

In today’s interview, Carolyn talks with Rob Schamberg about his long service on the Community IT Board helping steer the company through the process to become employee-owned through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and to his recent retirement from the Board.

Rob describes his career from his days as a college grad who loved technology and the outdoors, through teaching and becoming Principal and Superintendent at various California public schools, to joining the Forum for Youth Investment in Washington DC. It was at the Forum that he met Community IT folks, and was asked to serve on the board where he has been over a decade. After moving back to California near Lake Tahoe, he has now founded his own nonprofit to give students in Reno a chance to explore the wilderness activities all around them, Reno Inspiring Connections Outdoors.

“The relationships that Community IT has with our customers are top-notch. I was just talking to somebody from another company, I didn’t know he was with this company and I didn’t know they were Community IT clients, and he said “we will stick with them because they are our partners in this.””

Rob Schamberg


Rob Schamberg

Rob Schamberg served on the Community IT Board for over twelve years before stepping down in 2023. An experienced and respected educational leader, professional developer, executive coach, and management consultant, Rob is also an innovator, author, and leader in the field of Social and Emotional Learning. He was recruited to serve on the Community IT Board after a career encompassing early software development and coding, through teaching, public school administration including as superintendent, and senior consulting on education policy and Social and Emotional Learning with the Forum for Youth Investment. It was in that role that he was asked to bring his background in technology and nonprofits to enrich the Community IT Board.

Rob holds a BA in Applied Physics and Information Sciences from UC San Diego and an MS focused in Educational Leadership from California State University-Hayward. He has served on multiple nonprofit boards over the years and is most recently the founder and chair of Reno Inspiring Connections Outdoors where he helps put in place programs to connect public school students in Reno with outdoors opportunities around Lake Tahoe.

Carolyn Woodard

Carolyn Woodard has served many roles at Community IT Innovators, from client to project manager to marketing. With over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit world and marketing, including as a nonprofit technology project manager and Director of IT, Carolyn knows the frustrations and delights of working with technology professionals, accidental techies, executives, and staff to deliver your organization’s mission and keep your IT infrastructure operating.

Carolyn is excited to help manage Marketing at Community IT Innovators and is always looking for new ways to tell stories and reach people.  She has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University and received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Williams College. She thinks the best thing about being with Community IT Innovators is the people.

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We hope you enjoyed this Community IT Voices interview with Rob Schamberg, Community IT Board Member. Community IT is the right place for you if you find fulfillment in helping others succeed and want to work for a company that serves nonprofits.

Our employees stay and grow with us, and over half of our staff have been with us for over a decade. Community IT is an employee-owned company with a positive, sustainable workplace that promotes professional development, a nonprofit IT career path, and a healthy work/life balance. We have been 100% employee-owned since 2012. Check out careers with us here.

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