Doug Burgum took office as governor of North Dakota on December 15, 2016.
As a CEO and entrepreneur, Burgum has helmed several companies, including Great Plains Software, which was eventually acquired by Microsoft; Kilbourne Group, a company committed to creating smart, healthy cities through vibrant downtowns; and Arthur Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in ambitious, mission-driven software companies. He also served as chairman of the board and investor for Atlassian, board member of Avalara and as executive chairman of the board of North Dakota health care technology start-up Intelligent InSites, the leader in real-time operational intelligence software for health care.
In 2009, Burgum was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, North Dakota’s highest honor, by Gov. John Hoeven. He served on the Small Business and Labor Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 1990 to 1992, and continued to serve as an informal advisor to the Federal Reserve. He holds a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and an MBA from Stanford University. Burgum, Kathryn Helgaas and his family Joe, Jesse and Tom live in Fargo.
Kathryn Helgaas Burgum became the first lady of North Dakota when her husband, Governor Doug Burgum, was sworn in as the 33rd governor of North Dakota on Dec. 15, 2016.
The first lady’s priority is supporting initiatives aimed at ending addiction in North Dakota’s communities. Mrs. Burgum has worked in human resources and marketing for more than 25 years in a variety of industries, including retail, printing, biotechnology, software, manufacturing and real estate development. She has donated her time and leadership to many charitable endeavors, including at-risk women and children, addiction and recovery, animal welfare and visionary artists and the arts.
Mrs. Burgum grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota. She earned her undergraduate degree in retail business from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration, specializing in human resources, from the University of North Texas.
The first lady and Governor Burgum were married in 2016.
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