Who We Are

Staff & Board

Our Staff

Andrea Olson, MS, CCAP, NCRT/NCRI

Executive Director
701-232-2452 ext. 119

As the Executive Director for the State Association, Andrea works on a number of initiatives and programs including training and technical assistance for North Dakota’s Community Action Agencies. She has worked in the non-profit sector for 16 years and has been with the CAPND since 2008.

Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree in Public, Human Service, and Health Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless Persons and is a member of the Governor's 2020 Census Task Force. Andrea is also a Certified Community Action Professional and National Certified ROMA Trainer and ROMA Implementer.  She is the proud recipient of the 2017 Charles Braithwait Award for Leadership for her efforts to ensure ongoing National support for the Community Action Network.


Chandler Esslinger

Statewide Program Coordinator
701-232-2452 ext. 133

Chandler Esslinger is the Statewide Programs Director for CAPND working largely with the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program and Sportsmen Against Hunger. Chandler received her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Minnesota State University Moorhead where she was the Campus Feminist Organization President and a Triota Scholar. She is a NEW Leadership Northern Lights alumna, 2014. Chandler has been working with Community Action since 2017 and is a current Certified Community Action Professional candidate. She is a passionate advocate who is feeling particularly inspired by Grace Lee Boggs these days. In her spare time, you can find her at the park with her partner Claire and their dog Sage, thrifting for new additions to her curated VHS collection, or meditating on how to be a good ancestor. Chandler has lived in the Fargo/Moorhead area for almost 10 years.

Our Board

Community Action Partnership of North Dakota's Board of Directors is comprised of the Executive Directors from each of the seven Community Action Agencies in the state.


Community Action Partnership Region I and VIII Dickinson/Williston Erv Bren administration@dickinsoncap.org
SouthEastern North Dakota Community Action Agency Fargo Jim Kappel jimk@sendcaa.org
Red River Valley Community Action Grand Forks Interim: Kaye Seibel kseibel@rrvca.com
Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency Devils Lake Perry Lundon dpcaalundon@yahoo.com
Community Action Program Region VII Bismarck Andrea Werner andreaw@cap7.com
Community Action Partnership Minot Region Minot Willy Soderholm willy@capminotregion.org
Community Action Program Region VI Jamestown Kathy Williams kathy@cap6.com
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  • Community Action Program Legal Services