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About Us

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.

Regular program highlights include our annual Presidential Leadership Summit, regional summits and roundtables focused on student success, and numerous events held at the White House and U.S. Department of Education on key national priorities. Additionally, we have played a critical role in launching launch major national initiatives including:

  • It’s On Us, a White House initiative to stop campus sexual assaults
  • Defend Our Future, a project with the Environmental Defense Fund to expand student engagement in sustainability programs
  • Don’t Double My Rate, a coalition-based 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

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Andy MacCracken

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Andy is executive director of the 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.

Valencia Warren

Interim Deputy Director

Valencia oversees the daily operations of the organization, including staff and project management, 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.

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.

Ernest Ezeugo

Policy Director

Ernest leads NCLC’s policy advocacy efforts to elevate student voice in higher education policy. He has served as Program Associate with the Education Policy program at New America, where worked with the higher education initiative. Prior to New America, Ezeugo worked in the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where he supported the office’s efforts around promoting the use of openly-licensed educational resources in K-12 education.

Jordan Baker

Communications & Outreach Manager

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.

Board of Directors

Caroline Chang

David Croom

Carlos Reyes

Andy MacCracken** – Co-Founder & Executive Director

Peter Skipper*

Lauren Thompson Starks* – Board Chair

*Board officer


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