Washington, DC – Today, Truman Center for National Policy Acting Board Chair Laura Liswood and Truman National Security Project Board Chair John Driscoll announced Jenna Ben-Yehuda as the new President and CEO of both organizations. The announcement comes at the end of a four-month executive search conducted by a committee drawn from both organizations’ governing boards.
Laura Liswood, Acting Board Chair of Truman Center, said, “Ben-Yehuda’s career draws from the core values of Truman members, with experience in national security, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and private sector management. She served for 12 years at the State Department where she also worked closely with the Defense Department and intelligence community. After leaving government, she founded and led the Women’s Foreign Policy Network; she also brings significant experience from the private sector in building a successful consulting practice.”
John Driscoll, Board Chair of Truman Project, added, “The fact that many excellent candidates participated in our search process is a testament to the continued power and potential of this organization and community. Ben-Yehuda brings tremendous passion, experience, and vision to lead Truman into its next phase, and she shares our commitment to Truman’s goals of political and electoral impact now and in the future.”
Both chairs—along with Truman’s additional governing board members, membership, and staff—also wish to express their profound gratitude to Bishop Garrison, who has served as Interim Executive Director of both organizations since October 2018. A longtime leader in the Truman community, Garrison’s active leadership during Truman’s time of transition was exemplary.