The TRPLF is a non-profit organization formed in 2014 to plan, build, and oversee operations of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in western North Dakota.

“Nothing is better for us than to keep in mind the great deeds done by Americans in past times to act as a spur to us in our turn as the chance arises to do our duty.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

About the Foundation

The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation is a non-profit organization that is planning, building, and overseeing operations of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. The Presidential Library Foundation board of trustees includes local and nationwide leaders who contribute time, resources, organizational skills, and vision while overseeing accountability for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library.

Lowell E. Baier

Lowell E. Baier (honorary trustee) is a successful attorney and entrepreneur, a tireless advocate for natural resources and wildlife conservation, and an author. In 1967 he formed Baier Properties Inc., a developer of warehouses, residential properties, and award-winning office buildings and shopping centers.

Baier was one of 14 founders of the Wild Sheep Foundation, which has funded over $1 million annually to re-establish the habitat of the four species of wild sheep in North America. Since 1975, Baier has been active in the Boone and Crockett Club, America's oldest wildlife conservation organization. From 2004 to 2007, he led a national campaign to raise $6.5 million to purchase for the federal government the last and largest remaining piece of private land (24,550 acres) that was initially Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch.

Baier is the author of several books including America's Crippling Battle for Its Lands; Endangered Species and Their Critical Habitat; and Inside the Equal Access to Justice Act. His next book, Voices from the Wilderness: A Biography, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, is expected soon. 

Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham

Stephen Dow Beckham, PhD, is an American historian known for his work with Native Americans and the American West, especially the Pacific Northwest and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He has authored many works, and is a Professor Emeritus of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Beckham is an authority on Indian law, and has worked with many Indian tribes across the United States as an expert witness in land claims, reservation, hydropower and Indian gaming litigation.

He earned his B.A. at the University of Oregon and his M.A. and Ph.D. at UCLA. He served as a college professor for more than thirty years, and from 1993 until his retirement, he served as the Pamplin Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College.

Beckham's many awards include the Oregon Professor of the Year, the American Historical Association's Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Earle A. Chiles Award for "contributions to the understanding of the high desert interior of the American West." 

Jay Clemens

Jay Clemens, recently retired as Senior Vice President of Legal and General Counsel at Lenovo Group Limited based in San Francisco.

Prior to joining Lenovo, Clemens was instrumental in building the in-house legal function at eBay, where he oversaw all commercial, compliance and product issues for the eBay marketplaces business over a period of 12 years. Prior to eBay, Clemens managed international legal affairs at VeriFone, Inc., before and after its acquisition by the Hewlett-Packard Corporation. He joined VeriFone after working as an associate at Baker & McKenzie, an international law firm, and serving as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Clemens holds a Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Dartmouth. 

Marjorie Currey

Marjorie Currey is an independent book reviewer and lecturer. In that role, she has spoken to thousands of people each year. Early in her career, she taught in the Dallas Independent School District and at the Hockaday School. She has also lectured in the Adult Education program at Southern Methodist University for more than 30 years. Often the courses concern literature of Islam and the Middle East where Currey has spent considerable time.

Currey has been a consultant to a private foundation and to private businesses in Dallas. She has served on numerous boards in Dallas, including the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, the Meadows Museum Executive Committee, LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas), and the SMU libraries. She currently serves on the board of the Meadows School of the Arts. 

Robert Lauf

Robert Lauf is pursuing his Master in Public Policy degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government while also serving as senior advisor to North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s political campaign.

Prior to attending graduate school, Robert served as policy advisor to Governor Burgum. In this role, he oversaw the development of the administration’s biennial budget, served as liaison between federal government agencies and the governor’s office, and worked to impact legislation and craft policy on a broad policy portfolio that ranged from health and human services to higher education.  Before his time in the governor’s office, Robert worked as political director on Governor Burgum’s successful campaign for governor in 2016.

Robert graduated with honors from North Dakota State University, where he was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, served as student body president, and co-founded Great Rides Bike Share, North Dakota’s first community bike share program.

Dr. Thomas Mitzel

Thomas Mitzel, PhD, began his appointment as the 12th president of Dickinson State University in December 2015. Mitzel and his wife Rhonda relocated from Hartford, Connecticut, where he served as the vice president for academic affairs at Trinity College.

Mitzel began at Trinity College in 1996 as a faculty member in the department of chemistry where he achieved the rank of full professor. In 2008, he accepted the position of associate academic dean and continued to teach chemistry until he left Trinity in 2011.

Growing up in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Mitzel attended Northern State University where he participated on the track and field team and received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He then earned his Ph.D. In organic chemistry from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Bruce Pitts

Bruce Pitts, MD, grew up in Rhode Island, attended Yale and then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in internal medicine at Temple University. In 1982 he joined the Fargo Clinic (later Sanford Health) where he practiced for 30 years, ending his career as Chief Medical Officer.

On retirement from medical practice, Pitts has pursued his lifelong interest in American history through writing and research projects, particularly related to Thomas Jefferson's travels in France.

Pitts recently appeared as a special correspondent on the Thomas Jefferson Hour, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, detailing his travels in Paris and throughout France in Jefferson's footsteps.

Sacramento-based Robinett is president of e.Republic, where she oversees operations for the company’s award-winning media platforms: Governing, Government Technology, Public CIO, and Emergency Management. She also oversees e.Republic’s websites, conferences and events, and its national research and advisory groups: the Center for Digital Government, the Center for Digital Education and the Governing Institute.

In 2014, Robinett directed the launch of the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program, an innovative initiative that encourages future generations of women to participate in public service. She is a frequent speaker for government and education organizations worldwide, including the United Nations, Harvard University, the State Legislative Leaders' Foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the World Congress on Information Technology.

Robinett is a recipient of NASCIO’s National Technology Champion Award for her outstanding contributions to advance public sector information technology innovation. She is also the winner of the Gertrude Crain award for her national leadership in media and is a Greater Sacramento Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

Cathilea Robinett

Roosevelt III


Kermit Roosevelt III is a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the great-great grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and the fifth cousin four times removed of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Roosevelt graduated from St. Albans School, Harvard University, and Yale Law School. He was a law clerk for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the D.C. Court, and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He worked as a lawyer with Mayer Brown in Chicago from 2000 to 2002 before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2002.

Roosevelt’s areas of academic interest include conflicts of law and constitutional law. He has published in the Virginia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Columbia Law Review, among others. His articles have been cited by the United States Supreme Court and numerous state and lower federal courts.

Roosevelt is also an award-winning novelist. His books include In the Shadow of the Law, 2005, and Allegiance, 2015.

Serena Roosevelt

Ms. Roosevelt is a strategy, communications and design-thinking consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She recently completed a year at the Stanford University, a hub for innovation, collaboration and creativity. Prior to her time at Stanford, Ms. Roosevelt was the general manager of startup solutions journalism company, NationSwell.

From 2003 to 2013, Ms. Roosevelt worked for New York magazine, running communications, strategy, and business development for the outlet and the company’s award-winning digital business. Prior to joining the magazine, she served multiple political campaigns and a number of government office-holders, and remains passionately involved in politics.

Ms. Roosevelt serves on the Board of Directors of EWG, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to education about and advocacy for environmental health. She was born and raised in New York City, graduated from Brown University, and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, Theodore Roosevelt V, and their three children.

Melani Walton

Melani Walton’s commitment to western North Dakota is grounded in her own family’s history in the area, which dates back more than three generations. Walton also shares Theodore Roosevelt’s passion for conservation, sustainability, exploration and leadership.

Melani Walton has served on a number of boards, including The Nature Conservancy, the Arizona Science Center, The Learning Committee, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Advisory Board, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the Arizona Women’s Board. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women.