The North Dakota Student Association is led by a team composed of six executives. The President, Chief of Staff and three Vice Presidents are elected directly by the General Assembly during the April meeting each year. The Chief Administrator is appointed by the NDSA President and confirmed by the General Assembly.
Gracie Lian serves as the 2020-2021 President of the NDSA. She is responsible for chairing the General Assembly meetings and the executive functions of the organization. Gracie’s goals for the NDSA include ensuring that students have a strong unified voice when lobbying to the legislature, the NDUS, and the State Board of Higher Education. She also hopes to expand campus outreach and increase student awareness about NDSA. Gracie has been a part of NDSA for four years and previously served as the Vice President of Communications for the 2018-2019 year. She also served as University of North Dakota’s Head Delegate in 2017-2018 and received the Most Dedicated Delegate Award in 2019. Throughout her four years with NDSA, she has only missed on NDSA meeting!
Gracie is a senior at the University of North Dakota and is double majoring in English and Political Science. After graduation, Gracie plans on beginning classes for her graduate degree in Public Administration at UND. She hopes to eventually work in the public or non-profit sector to help organizations achieve their goals. Gracie is a native of Grand Forks and enjoys hiking and camping as well as playing the bass clarinet.
Vice President of Governmental Affairs
Carl Ludewig serves as the 2020-2021 Vice President of Governmental Affairs. He is responsible for chairing the Student Legislative Affairs Committee and working with the state’s legislative agenda to promote the interests of students. With his position, Carl wants to work towards including students from all schools in relevant discussions. Carl has been a part of NDSA for 2 years prior to his election.
Carl is a junior at North Dakota State University studying Geology with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school for environmental policy. Carl is a native of Northfield, Minnesota and is an avid Minnesota sports fan. He also enjoys being outside and playing the alto saxophone in the Gold Star Marching Band at NDSU.
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Nathan Foster serves as the 2020-2021 Vice President of Finance and Operations. He is responsible for chairing the Internal Affairs Committee and managing the budget and financial operations of the organization. While serving as VP-FO, Nathan hopes to ensure that the NDSA will continue to operate safely and effectively during the legislative session. He also hopes to work with the executive team to ensure that the voice of the students continues to be a part of the conversation for higher education. Nathan has attended NDSA for two years and previously served as the Director of Operations.
Nathan is a junior at the University of North Dakota where he is double majoring in Chinese Studies and Political Science with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career with the government or continue his education in law school. Nathan grew up in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, is an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and can sing the alphabet backwards.
Vice President of Communication
Faith serves as the 2020-2021 Vice President of Communication. She is responsible for chairing the Student Affairs Committee and coordinating the communication strategy for the NDSA. With her position, Faith hopes to create a stronger social media presence for the NDSA. She also hopes to provide more resources to schools and improve the recruitment and retention for members of NDSA. Faith has attended NDSA for one year prior to her election.
Faith is a sophomore at the University of North Dakota double majoring in Interdisciplinary Health Studies and Management with minors in Leadership and Public Health. After graduation, Faith plans to pursue a career in public health or health promotion. Faith was born and raised in Bismarck and enjoys walks with her dog, drinking unhealthy amounts of iced coffee, and traveling.
Chief of Staff
Caleb Eilts serves as the 2020-2021 Chief of Staff for the NDSA. He is responsible for communication with the head delegates and managing executive operations. Caleb hopes to use his position to ensure that each delegation of students is informed about important discussions before every meeting. Caleb has been a part of the NDSA for four years and previously has served as the Director of Public Relations and Chief of Staff in 2019-2020.
Caleb is a graduate student at the University of North Dakota pursuing his masters in Public Administration. After graduation, he plans to continue working in public administration or work for political campaigns. Caleb is from Lincoln, Illinois and enjoys collecting coins and telling terrible jokes.