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Theodore Roosevelt V named to board of Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation

Along with Theodore Roosevelt's great-great grandson, a veteran leader of the National Park Service was named to the board.

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Oslo-based architecture firm Snøhetta sees the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library as a simple complement to the rugged North Dakota Badlands. The library will be built in Medora near the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and is slated to open in 2026.
Sketch courtesy of Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation
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MEDORA, N.D. — Theodore Roosevelt V and David Vela, a veteran leader of the National Park Service, have been elected to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation board of trustees.

In another move announced Friday, Feb. 18, Robbie Lauf will step down from the board to become the foundation's director of partnerships and programming.

"We are thrilled to be adding Ted Roosevelt and David Vela to our board of trustees," Linda Pancratz, the foundation board's chairwoman, said in a statement.

Theodore Roosevelt V is the great-great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, who famously said he wouldn't have become president were it not for his frontier experiences ranching and hunting in the North Dakota Badlands. Roosevelt is co-founder and managing partner for Redwood Grove Capital. Previously, he was a managing director at GoldenTree Asset Management and senior vice president of Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital.

A dedicated philanthropist and activist, he is involved in the National Parks Conservation Association, has supported national initiatives for the National Parks Foundation and served on the board of directors for the New York League of Conservation Voters.


"I am deeply honored to join this board and look forward to building this world-class organization in North Dakota," Roosevlet said. The presidential library will be built in Medora near the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Little Missouri Badlands.

Vela, a veteran of the National Park Service, served as its acting director, deputy director and chairman of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. He served in many other National Park Service leadership roles, which also included director of its Southeast region, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park and superintendent of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park. He currently serves on the Texas A&M University AgriLife Excellence Advisory Board.

"I have worked my entire life to preserve and strengthen this country's national treasures and heritage," Vela said. "I couldn't be more thrilled to join the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation and continue that endeavor."

As new director of partnerships and programming, Lauf's team will build, implement and oversee strategy for the foundation, including programming partnerships, original content and media as well as external affairs. He is a North Dakota native who led strategy in Gov. Doug Burgum's first term.

Lauf worked for the Federal Reserve in Washingon and worked closely with the North Dakota congressional delegation and state Legislature. He graduated as a Truman Scholar from the Harvard Kennedy School.

The board also elected Design and Architecture Committee member Eileen Scheel to lead the committee. She is a longtime community leader involved with many nonprofits.

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