Truman National Security Project

Rachel Kleinfeld

Kleinfeld-July headshotDr. Rachel Kleinfeld served as the Founding CEO and President of the Truman National Security Project from its inception through 2013.  Rachel remains engaged with the Truman Project through ongoing work on Founder’s Projects to deepen our membership community and their commitment to our founding values.

Rachel’s passion lies in issues at the interstices of national security and human empowerment.  Named one of the top 40 under 40 Political Leaders by Time Magazine, Rachel appears regularly in the national media.  In 2011, Secretary Clinton appointed Rachel to the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, the advisory body to the U.S. Department of State, on which she served until 2014.

Rachel now serves as a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she works on deepening the rule of law in other countries.  She has consulted for the World Bank, the EU, OECD, and multiple government agencies and private organizations on building the rule of law in weak states.  Rachel is the author of Advancing Rule of Law Reform Abroad: The Next Generation (2012), named one of the best foreign policy books of 2012 by Foreign Affairs magazine.  Her writings have also appeared in: Relocating the Rule of Law (2009); Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies (2009); The Future of Human Rights, on humanitarian intervention (2008); With All Our Might (2006); and Promoting the Rule of Law (2005).  She has also co-authored Let There Be Light: A Market-Based Solution to Electrifying the Developing World (2011).

Previously, as a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Rachel worked on terrorism, trade, and security issues in weak states. As a consultant at CSIS, she has written on citizen preparedness for bioterrorism.

She has worked in human rights and economic development in India, Israel, and Eastern Europe, and has served as an elections monitor in Pakistan and Bangladesh.  Rachel serves on the Board of Caerus Analytics, an intelligence analytics company, and previously served on the Board of the Blue Fund, a progressive mutual fund, and the Rhodes Scholarship Committee.

Rachel received her B.A. from Yale University and her M. Phil and D. Phil in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.  She was born and raised in a log house on a dirt road in her beloved Fairbanks, Alaska.