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Board of Advisors
Robert Abernethy President, American Standard Development Company Madeleine K. Albright Principal, The Albright Stonebridge Group Coit Blacker Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University Gregory B. Craig Partner, Skadden, Arps Gary Hart Scholar in Residence, University of Colorado Leslie H. Gelb President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations Lt. Gen. Donald L. Kerrick (Ret.) US Army & Former Deputy National Security Advisor
William Marshall President, Progressive Policy Institute William J. Perry Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute John D. Podesta President, Center for American Progress Anne-Marie Slaughter Burt G. Kertstetter ’66 University Professor, Princeton University
Sally Painter COO, Blue Star Strategies, LLC Rachel Kleinfeld President, Truman National Security Project, ex officio
Directors, Truman National Security Institute
Stephen Bailey Chair, Founder and CEO, ExecOnline Lukas Haynes Vice President, Mertz Gilmore Foundation Michael Signer Managing Principal, Madison Law & Strategy Group PLLC Rachel Kleinfeld President, Truman National Security Institute, ex officio
Directors, Truman National Security Project
John Driscoll Chair, President, Castlight Health Stephen Bailey Founder and CEO, ExecOnline R. Hunter Biden Partner, Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC Pierre Chao Managing Partner, Renaissance Advisors Ron Klain President, Case Holdings
Dear Friends, I am often asked if I get discouraged trying to change policy in Washington. The politics are poisonous. The culture tolerates egos and discourages values. The bureaucracy stifles entrepreneurship. This is all true. And yet, as Benjamin Disraeli is claimed to have said, “History is made by those who show up.” Because one Truman Member made it her life’s work to stop Joseph Kony’s deprivations, we now have 100 U.S. military advisors helping African militaries stop the Lord’s Resistance Army. Because a handful of decision-makers who cared about human rights were in the right positions, we were able to stop potentially tens of thousands of deaths in Libya. Because a Truman Member took the reins of a tiny NGO, NATO changed its policies on civilian deaths in wartime. The bottom line is this: Policy decisions are not made by a culture, or a bureaucracy. They are made by real, individual people. They are made by the people who angle to get in the right jobs, who work extraordinary hours for little pay, who raise their hands for tough assignments, who get themselves into the rooms where decisions are being made. The more one knows Washington, the more one understands the role of real individuals in the big decisions that change our world. Who those people are matters. One person with a different set of values, poorer skills at bureaucratic wrangling, or weaker communication abilities can profoundly affect policy. That difference might be whether we go to war in Iraq, or start a future war in Iran. It might be allowing another genocide, or stopping one in progress. As the following pages describe, Truman’s success is, above all, a story of people. It’s about finding the right people who are on a path toward success, positioning them to have a seat at the table, and giving them the tools and network they need to do their jobs. This year has been another year of tremendous growth and success for the Truman National Security Project. We’ve expanded our political Partners program to create a national base of political activists supporting good policy. We’ve created a new leadership development program specifically for veteran leaders and advocates. We introduced our first piece of legislation and released a Security Briefing Book that the DCCC provided to all the Democratic congressional candidates. And we’ve tripled our Communications staff to get our members’ ideas into the public debate across America. It is easy to be frustrated with government. I am, every day. But government makes decisions that matter – decisions over life and death, war and peace, that only governments can make. It’s our job to make sure that our policy makers and political and organizational leaders make the best decisions they possibly can, for the good of America, and for the good of those billions around the world who do not have a seat at the table. Sincerely,
Rachel Kleinfeld Co-Founder & President
Training the deep bench
The Truman Project’s leadership training programs house some of America’s best up-andcoming political talent. Rare among nonprofit organizations, we’ve developed soup-tonuts political training. Where allowed by law, Truman Members receive elite-level consulting and planning assistance before ever entering a race. Once a Member becomes a candidate, Truman’s Regional Political Directors leverage our membership for strategic, fundraising, and grassroots help.
Intern Springboard The next generation
A narrow pipeline of progressives focused on national security during college means a small bench of experts, media personalities, and activists twenty years down the road. The Truman Institute’s Intern Security Springboard is solving this problem, offering young people, with a particular focus on women and minorities, an opening into national security. Each year, the Institute trains 120 promising young minds during luncheon seminars over five weeks during the summer. The program introduces Washington’s newcomers to an array of issues influencing national security and gives them an opportunity to hear from experts in the field.
Security Bootcamps Weekend workshops
Truman Bootcamps are educational workshops lasting anywhere from a few hours to multiple days, often for progressive organizations, candidates and advocacy groups. They are specifically designed to ensure that a wide range of organizations can communicate effectively on security issues. Trainings teach participants how to think about a security worldview and value set, military basics, communications, and messaging. We also create custom sessions based on issues desired by allied organizations. Each year, we train over 1,000 people across the country on issues from Iran to the national security budget.
Through our Adopt-a-District program, Truman Members in congressional districts across America serve as national security advisers for candidates, providing policy briefings, trainings, debate preparation, and veterans outreach. After winning, elected leaders are invited to join the Truman Elected Officials Network, giving them access to the entire Truman community.
We are lucky to work with an experienced team of immensely talented and committed professionals.
Brandon Fureigh Advocacy Director John McCauley Advocacy Program Manager Mike Wu Advocacy Policy Director
Development & Operations
Emmett Bloom Operations Associate Garrett Evenson Special Assistant to the CEO & Development Associate Jackie Leffyear Bookkeeper Maggie Moore Program Assistant & Data Manager Victoria Webbe Grants Manager
Communications Leadership Development
Sarah Beckerman Deputy Fellowship Director Brad Elkins Political Associate Justin Ford Veterans Director Karlo Barrios Marcelo Partnership Director Sidney Olinyk Leadership Development Director & Democracy and Human Rights Program Director Stephanie Dreyer Media Relations Director Daniel Gaynor Writer and Digital Strategist Dave Solimini Communications Director
…and an amazing group of interns.
Anyone who’s worked in Washington for more than a month will tell you that interns make things happen. We thank the three dozen interns who have served the Truman Project this past year for their dedication to the issues, long hours, and incredible talent. We couldn’t have done it without them.
Policy & Government Relations
Sophie Brill Policy Associate Nathan Kohlenberg Policy Fellow Leigh O’Neill Policy Director Matthew Rhoades Legislative Affairs Director
Senior Advisors & Trustees
Senior Advisors and Trustees are respected leaders in foreign policy, politics, and business who share the Truman National Security Project’s vision. They offer trusted guidance to our policy and political work, provide financial support to our efforts, and serve as mentors to the leaders we train.
Sara Abbasi Wendy Anderson Scott Bates Peter Beinart Haim Bodek Janet Breslin-Smith Elwyn Berlekamp Rachel Bronson Bill Budinger Andrei Cherny Paul Clarke Jack Cogan Christopher Coons Nelson Cunningham William Danvers Scott Delman Laura Dempsey Randeep Dhillon Larry Diamond William Dobson Mitch Draizin Carl Ferenbach Donnie Fowler Gail Harris Chris Howard Mark Jacobson
Eleanor Glynn Kjellman Paul Klingenstein Pascal Levensohn Mark Levine James Marvin Nion McEvoy Mark Medish Reuben Munger Suzanne Nossel Michael O’Hanlon Jay M. Parker Joe Rice David Rose Elihu Rose Jeremy Rosner Kathryn Roth-Douquet David Rothkopf David Samuels Deane Shatz Paul Shatz Peter W. Singer Larry Stupski Christopher Taylor Christopher Tucker Douglas Wilson Kenneth Wollack