Los Angeles


Katharine Weber (Fellow ‘10) and Suzie Abdou (Fellow ‘14) - Chapter Co-Directors

Jonathan Wong (Fellow ‘16) and Joslyn Fleming (Defense Council ‘17) - Political Co-Directors

Barbi Appelquist (Partner ‘16) - Communications Director


OUR PEOPLE: The Los Angeles Chapter of Truman National Security Project is the fourth largest Chapter in the country, with 97 total members from 2005-2018. The total membership is currently 53% Partners, 34% Fellows, and 13% 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.


5/31/18, Los Angeles Times, The evangelical church has become leaner and arguably meaner, co-authored by Brie Loskota, Truman Security Fellow

5/10/2018, Inside Sources, Withdrawing From the Iran Deal Isolates the United States, by Yuvaraj Sivalingam, Truman Security Fellow

5/7/2018, New York Times, Trump Administration Threatens Jail and Separating Children From Parents for Those Who Illegally Cross Southwest Border, quotes Seth Stodder, Truman Security Fellow

2/13/18, Inside Sources (TD), Continuing Operations at Guantanamo Will Only Hurt U.S., by Yuvaraj Sivalingam,Truman Security Fellow

2/1/18, USA Today, Government had no role in my late-term abortion struggle. Let’s keep it that way, by Brie Loskota, Truman Security Fellow

1/31/18, The Rafu Shimpo, Jay Chen, Youngest Kim Among Candidates For Royce’s Congressional Kim, featuring Jay Chen, Truman Political Partner



Truman Project's Los Angeles Chapter Meeting with Deputy Mayor for International Affairs Nina Hachigian

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:00pm

Please RSVP for our meeting with Deputy Mayor for International Affairs Nina Hachigian if you plan to attend. Parking will be available. We will follow up by email with further instructions on parking closer to the meeting date for those that RSVP.

Truman Project Los Angeles Chapter Spring/Summer Meeting

Sun. June 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

Please hold this date/time for our spring/summer chapter meeting, which will be at Jon Wong's house in Santa Monica. There will be snacks!

Truman Project's Los Angeles Chapter Iran/JCPOA Dinner and Discussion

Wed. May 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

In light of the news that Trump is pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 pm for a casual discussion (and region-appropriate dinner & wine) on Josh Lockman's deck about what this means for the US, Iran and the Middle East. Trumanites in LA are, as always, welcome to join.

Dinner & Discussion with Truman Los Angeles: Migration in the Era of Globalization

Sun. May 6, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Truman National Security Project cordially invites you to join us for dinner, drinks and conversation at the home of Truman supporter Robert J. Abernethy to discuss one of the most pressing issues of our time: Migration in the Era of Globalization.

Our discussion will be moderated by Truman LA member Seth Stodder, Lecturer in Law at USC Gould School of Law and former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border, Immigration and Trade Policy, and feature:

    • Miriam Jordan, National Immigration Correspondent, New York Times
    • Dr. Linda Lopez, Chief, Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Los Angeles
  • Elisa Massimino, President and CEO, Human Rights First


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.