The North Dakota FFA Foundation has recently made a significant announcement regarding the appointment of their new Executive Director, effective May 28, 2024. Laiken DeMorrett (nee Aune), with a robust background in nonprofit leadership and a strong dedication to agricultural education, has been selected for this pivotal role.

Before joining the North Dakota FFA Foundation, DeMorrett served as the Advocacy Director at the North Dakota Women’s Business Center, where she contributed to the advancement of the organization's mission and facilitated community engagement for over six years.

DeMorrett’s association with FFA traces back to her high school years, during which she actively participated and achieved the prestigious American FFA Degree, the highest recognition attainable in the National FFA Organization. Her long-standing commitment to FFA’s principles and objectives positions her well for her new responsibilities.


Hailing from Williston, DeMorrett graduated from North Dakota State University in 2011, majoring in Animal Science. She currently resides in Bismarck with her husband, Josh DeMorrett, and their two dogs, Jake and Ted. Additionally, she has an adult stepson named Brayden.

Travis Maddock, President of the North Dakota FFA Foundation, expressed enthusiasm about DeMorrett's appointment, emphasizing her extensive advocacy background and her personal connection to FFA as essential qualities for leading the foundation into the future.

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In her capacity as Executive Director, DeMorrett will be tasked with overseeing the foundation’s strategic initiatives, fundraising endeavors, and community outreach programs. Her leadership aims to ensure sustained support for North Dakota’s 7,440 active FFA members across the state's 93 chapters.

For further details about the ND FFA Foundation’s staff and board, interested parties can refer to the organization’s official website.

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