About The National Campus Leadership Council

The National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC) cultivates, strengthens, and advances student leadership in higher education.

Our mission is to cultivate, strengthen, and advance student leadership in higher education.

About Us

The National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC) cultivates, strengthens, and advances student leadership in higher education. Since our launch in 2012, we have empowered thousands of student body leaders at more than 500 colleges and universities around the country to develop the tools, networks, and skills necessary to confront exigent issues facing students today. We work closely with major higher education stakeholders in the public and private sectors to develop unparalleled resources and programs that support and elevate students’ success on a wide range of issues including college affordability, campus sexual assault, mental health, diversity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and campus to career transitions.

These programs include our ongoing Policy Institutes addressing relevant issues impacting campuses, our annual CampusCon summit designed for student government members and the annual Presidential Leadership Summit designed for incoming and outgoing student body presidents.

We like to play a critical role in sharing resources that will enable student leaders to be well prepared for the academic year and have helped launch launch major national initiatives that do just that, including the It’s On Us initiative to stop campus sexual assault, Defend Our Future to expand student engagement in sustainability programs, and Don’t Double My Rate campaign to keep federal student loan interest rates low in 2012 and 2013.

Theory of Change

Today’s students face enormous challenges, yet student voices are too rarely heard when decisions are being made about student finances, health, and safety. We are changing that. NCLC leverages its relationships with major higher education stakeholders to deliver unparalleled programs that help student leaders develop greater expertise, skills, and networks to become influential stakeholders on campus and beyond. NCLC provides institutional memory, resources, and direction to the network so incoming leaders can pick up where their predecessors left off, building an effective student voice for decades to come.

Our Team

Andy MacCracken

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Andy is executive director of National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC), which he co-founded NCLC in 2012 with the mission to empower student leaders to be influential stakeholders in the public discourse. Since its launch, NCLC has extended its reach to student body presidents at more than 500 campuses nationwide. Andy is a leading advocate for student voice in public policy, helping major stakeholders in the public and private sectors engage campuses on key issues. He helped the Obama White House launch several policy initiatives, including introducing President Obama when the President took action to support student loan borrowers and speaking at the It’s On Us campaign launch. He has previously led the DC Student Alliance and served as president of the American University Student Government. Andy grew up in Colorado and earned his B.A. in political science and masters in public administration at American University.

Amy Smith

Deputy Director

Amy oversees the daily operations of the organization, including staff and project management. She most recently worked as the Vice President for the Hazen Institute for Leadership Training, which she co-founded to provide engaging learning opportunities for nonprofit leaders. Amy has her Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University, where she developed career construction courses for undergraduate students. As a student leader at University of Maryland, Amy was a co-founder of Terp Thon, the largest student philanthropy in the state of Maryland and also served on the executive board of Alpha Delta Pi – Beta Phi chapter.

Jordan Baker

Communications & Advocacy Manager

Jordan is a strategic communications professional with experience in public relations and digital strategy. Jordan’s mission is to grow NCLC’s presence among student body leaders and the broader higher education policy community. In her role, she manages day-to-day digital, media, and advocacy activities on behalf of the organization. Prior to NCLC, she served as an Assistant Account Executive for JPA Health Communications, managing media opportunities, social media campaigns, and event planning on behalf of healthcare and wellness clients. Jordan also served as the public relations intern at Stratacomm before joining JPA, assisting clients in the government, transit, and green energy space. She holds a Master of Arts in Professional Communication degree from Southern Utah University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts as a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Johnson C. Smith University. While at Johnson C. Smith University, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and committed to a lifetime of sisterhood and service. She currently serves as full-time member of ColorComm DC, an organization committed to advancing women of color in the field of communication. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with youth leadership organizations in the DMV and exploring the city.

Lindsey Templeton

Director of Research and Training

Lindsey coordinates NCLC’s new research initiatives. She is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park studying women’s leadership development and career paths in higher education. Lindsey has served as an instructor for courses on student leadership and also has experience working with higher education associations and research groups. She has mentored student leaders through professional and volunteer roles in fraternity and sorority life for the last four years. Lindsey received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Richmond and her M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Valencia Warren

Operations Manager

Valencia develops and maintains the operational systems, processes, and policies for the National Campus Leadership Council. Valencia is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University where she received her Master of Business Administration degree. As a former two-term Executive Vice President for Student Government at Georgia Southern University, Valencia was responsible for governing the operations of the Statesboro campus. Through Student Government, she served as the co-chair of the Consolidation Taskforce where she was instrumental in developing the post-consolidation organization structure across three campuses. She also authored and advocated for a multi-page resolution to address the disparity in experiences for minority students across campus. As a result, the university made several reparations to address the concerns.

Board of Directors

Caroline Chang

David Croom

Mark Kogan*

Andy MacCracken** – Co-Founder & Executive Director

Peter Skipper*

Lauren Thompson Starks* – Board Chair

*Board officer


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