Ellingson will lead North Dakota Stockmens Association
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) Board of Directors tapped the 13-year NDSA communications director, Julie Schaff Ellingson, to replace Wade Moser as the organization’s executive vice president when he retires in December. Producer leaders made the decision at a special board meeting in Mandan, ND. “I am proud of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s work to unite, protect, promote, educate and serve the state’s beef industry,” said Ellingson.
“I look forward to continuing to work for cattleranching families who spend every day caring for the land and their animals and working hard to provide great-tasting, wholesome food for the world.”
Ellingson, a St. Anthony, ND, native, joined NDSA’s team as communications director in 1995 after graduating from North Dakota State University and Bismarck State College and working a stint as a general assignment and business reporter for an area newspaper.
As communications director, she has served as an association lobbyist, its public relations officer, and the editor and advertising manager of the North Dakota Stockman magazine.
Under her leadership, the magazine has won several awards from the National Federation of Press Women and the Livestock Publications Council and set new size records. Over her tenure, Ellingson has also coordinated many association activities and programs, such as the NDSA Spring Roundups and the Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day. In addition to her association work, Ellingson and her husband, Chad, own and operate a registered Angus ranch along with their children, Stetson, Jameson, Sierra, Medora and Sheridan.
Ellingson is an active member of several industry organizations, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Angus Association and the North Dakota Angus Association.
Moser said the search for a new NDSA communications director will begin this fall. Applicants should have an agricultural background and experience in writing, public relations, graphic design and lobbying.
With 26 years at the helm of NDSA, Moser is the organization’s longestserving executive vice president and the nation’s second-longest-serving state cattlemen’s association executive officer. — WLJ