Steven Leach (Fellow ‘18) and Kendyl Salcito (Fellow ‘18) - Chapter Co-Directors

Daniel Green (Partner ‘18) and Blake Hansen (Defense Council ‘18) - Communications Co-Directors

Shanta Farrington (Partner 18) - Political Director


OUR PEOPLE: The Denver Chapter of Truman National Security Project is the ninth largest chapter in the country, with 52 total members from 2005-2018. The total membership is currently 38% Partners, 39% Fellows, and 23% DefCon. Our members work across many sectors, including consulting, medicine, nonprofit management, business, entrepreneurship, law, politics, government and education. Truman Project is a 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit organization.


6/28/18, Foreign Policy Blogs, On South Africa, by Steve Leach, Truman Security Fellow

6/28/18, Truman Doctrine Blog, A Defense of NATO, by Daniel Green, Truman Political Partner

6/25/18, Siriusxm, Progress Presents, features Kendyl Salcito and Steven Leach, Truman Security Fellows

6/25/18, Lima Charlie, PTSD, depression, suicide, and the many unorthodox treatments available to those that suffer, features Don Martinez, Truman Defense Council Â

6/20/18, The Washington Post, Separating children from their parents isn’t just immoral. It also threatens our national security, by Kendyl Salcito and Steven Leach, Truman Security Fellows

5/22/18, The Pueblo Chieftain, U.S. should rejoin Iran nuclear deal, by Kendyl Salcito, Truman Security Fellow

5/18/18, Lima Charlie News, Geronimo: A Service Dog’s Tale, by Don Martinez, Truman Defense Council

5/9/18, Medium, We Need Mueller Like We Needed the 9/11 Commission, by Steven Leach, Truman Security Fellow

4/25/18, Just Security, The Politicization of Our Security Institutions, by Rachel Kleinfeld, Truman Project Co-Founder

4/18/18, Colorado Springs Gazette, Mike Pompeo should not be confirmed, by Kendyl Salcito, Truman Security Fellow

4/12/18, The Doctrine Blog, Pompeo is Unqualified to be Secretary of State, by Kendyl Salcito, Truman Security Fellow

4/4/18, Peace Direct, Aid Exits and Locally-led Development, by Steven Leach, Truman Security Fellow

3/28/18, Politico Magazine, How Veterans are Powering the Democrats’ 2018 Hopes, featuring Seth Moulton, Truman Security Fellow, Rye Barcott, Truman Defense Council, Joseph Kopser, Truman Defense Council, Jason Crow, Truman Political Partner, and Daniel McCready, Truman Political Partner

3/20/18, Medium: Win Without War, Former Marine: Colorado’s Senators Must End America’s Unauthorized War in Yemen, by Blake Hansen, Truman Defense Council

3/12/18, Carnegie Endowment For International Peace, Renewing U.S. Political Representation: Lessons From Europe and U.S History, by Rachel Kleinfeld, Truman Project Co-Founder



Truman Project's Colorado Chapter: A Framework for Understanding the Role of Religion in Conflict - Dinner and Discussion with Steven Leach

Mon. July 9, 2018 - 6:30pm

Please join Truman Project's Colorado Chapter for "A Framework for Understanding the Role of Religion in Conflict - Dinner and Discussion with Steven Leach".

Leach previously worked as the Inter-religious Research and Relations Facilitator at the ACTION Support Centre, the regional office of ACTION for Conflict Transformation. Based in Cape Town, he managed projects and relationships with partners in South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, working with, among other partners, The Zanzibar Interfaith Center. He also attended the Religion and Conflict in Mediation course offered by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the Mediation Support Team at the Center for Security Studies (ETH, Zurich), and has continued to work with the Mediation Support Team and their Culture and Religion in Mediation Program. The framework to be presented draws on this course and his work in sub-Saharan Africa.

Discussion with Maj. Tom Purdie on Airforce Work

Wed. May 9, 2018 - 6:30pm

Major Tom Purdie is the Chief, Interagency Exercises Branch at Special Operations Command North at Peterson AFB. He plans whole of government JCS/Attorney General- directed exercises which focus on counterterrorism, counter trans regional organized crime, and counter WMD. Tom is the government lead for planning DOD support for all North American exercises with this focus. Before his assignment at SOCNORTH, Tom graduated from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB and is an AC-130 gunship Combat Systems Officer with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dinner with Jeff Mankoff, Co-Director, Transatlantic Expert Group, DC Chapter

Mon. March 26, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join us for an informal dinner to talk international affairs with Jeff, who grew up in Denver and will be in town to visit family and hang out with us! In DC, Jeff works as as Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for International Studies, and is Co-Leader of the Truman Transatlantic Security Expert Group.

Denver Fire Department Tour and Discussion

Thu. March 29, 2018 - 6:30pm

Tour Fire Station 9 and meet some of the people who are our first line of defense on hazardous materials incidents in the Mile High City. Our host is Lt. Mike Pylar, who is a nationally-recognized instructor in hazardous materials response. In his 18-year career with the Denver Fire Department, he has served as a media spokesperson, modernized the Youth Fire Stop program, and worked on hazardous materials, technical rescues, and several engines across Denver and at Denver International Airport.

Welcome to Truman Happy Hour and New Member Introduction

Wed. March 7, 2018 - 6:30pm

Please join Truman Project's Colorado Chapter to get to know the new Class of 2018 Colorado Chapter members.


Truman National Security Project is a member-based organization. Our members enter our community through one of three paths: the Defense Council, the Political Partnership, or the Security Fellowship. All three cohorts follow the same first year training programs, which lead to the same goal: full Truman membership. Each cohort is full of skilled, passionate leaders who share a commitment to public service and a strong interest in national security. The main difference between the cohorts lies in the particular background and experience of each member. A community of equals, each cohort significantly contributes to Truman Project, the national security conversation, and the larger realm of public service.  

Fellows are policy experts, academics, and other thought leaders who anticipate and articulate new global challenges and opportunities. Many work within the U.S. national security apparatus and legislative bodies, as well as the international community and an expansive network of nongovernmental and private organizations.

Partners are political leaders, advocates, communicators, journalists, and aspiring or actively serving public officials. Fluent in campaign management, media, journalism, organizing, and more, they advance progressive principles and a shared liberal internationalist worldview at all levels of civil society.

Members of the Defense Council include veterans and frontline civilians who have firsthand experience implementing U.S. foreign policy. They have wide-ranging expertise in hard security and an ongoing professional interest in defense and intelligence operations as they continue to serve in government, business, policy, and nonprofit ventures.