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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Introducing Obama

Andy MacCracken

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Andy is executive director and Co-Founder of the National Campus Leadership Council, a nonprofit that empowers student leaders to engage in the public discourse. Since its 2012 launch, NCLC has extended its reach to student body presidents at more than 400 campuses nationwide. Andy helped launch two White House initiatives in 2014, introducing President Obama at a college affordability event and speaking at the It’s On Us campaign announcement. Andy regularly consults organizations and institutions on youth policy and how to more effectively engage Millennials in the public discourse. He has previously served as executive director of the DC Student Alliance and president of the American University Student Government. Andy grew up in Colorado but left to study in Washington, D.C., at American University where he earned a B.A. and masters in public administration (MPA).

 

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.

 

Lindsey Templeton

Research Fellow

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.

 

Alexis Calatayud

Programs Fellow

Alexis coordinates recruitment, logistics, and program development for NCLC events and trainings. Alexis served as the first dual-woman ticket, two-term Student Body President and University Trustee at Florida International University. Alexis also coordinated advocacy for the Florida State University System's 330,000 students as Florida Student Association (FSA) External Vice-Chair and remains an engaged activist with the FSA. Her passion focuses around Minority, Low-Income and First Generation in College student's access to higher education; particularly utilizing best practices grassroots advocacy and relationship building to move university, state, and federal policy and funding mountains to create sustainable systems change that provide opportunity to achieve the American dream of upward mobility for all. 

 


 

Governance

NCLC is fiscally sponsored by Young Invincibles, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to expanding economic opportunity for young adults. Our Board of Directors currently oversees NCLC’s strategic development and transition to an independent 501(c)3 organization.

 

Board of Directors

Mark Kogan

Andy MacCracken* – Co-Founder & Executive Director

Carlos Reyes – Board Chair

Peter Skipper 

Lauren Thompson-Starks

*Ex-officio

 

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