©2020 by Roughrider Policy Center.


The Roughrider Policy Center was founded in 2018 with the following mission: 

To promote and defend liberty and free enterprise in North Dakota.

We envision a North Dakota where every citizen has the opportunity provided through free enterprise to achieve prosperity and overall well-being. 

We are the North Dakota affiliate of the nationwide State Policy Network.  



Committed to North Dakota


Co-Founder & CEO

Bette Grande is a lifelong North Dakotan and also serves as a research fellow for energy and pension issues at The Heartland Institute. She served as a North Dakota state representative from 1996–2014, representing the 41st district. Grande holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of North Dakota.


Co-Founder & Chairman

Jacob Strinden started Roughrider Policy Center with the vision and drive to ensure our great state is an amazing place to live, work & raise a family. He is a fifth generation North Dakotan, graduate of the Carlson School of Management & law student at the University of North Dakota.