Los Angeles


Josh Lockman (Fellow ‘10) and Jaime Carlson (Fellow ‘14)  - Chapter Directors
Courtney La Bau (Partner ‘13) - Political 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 94 total members from 2005-2017. The total membership is currently 55% Partners, 31% Fellows, and 14% 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.


6/20/2017, Vox, Dear Donald Trump, letting big business deny birth control coverage is not a valid religious liberty concern, by Sandra Fluke, Truman Political Partner

6/9/2017, Truman Doctrine Blog, The U.S. and Europe: What is Their Role in NATO’s Fight against IS?, by Barbi Appelquist, Truman Political Partner

6/8/2017, Bustle, Sandra Fluke Is Not Done Fighting For Every Woman’s Right To Birth Control, featuring Sandra Fluke, Truman Political Partner

5/29/2017, Huffington Post, 30,000 Roses To Remember, by Barbi S. Appelquist, Truman Political Partner

3/31/17, Huffington Post, My Love Note To Male Feminists, by Barbi Appelquist, Truman Political Partner

3/16/17, Truman Doctrine Blog, Our People, Our Narrative: A Call to Mobilize, by Suzie Abdou, Truman Security Fellow

3/13/17, KUSI News, Women's Film Festival, featuring Barbi Appelquist, Truman Political Partner




TruLA: TruCon17 Happy Hour

June 23, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Please join your fellow TruLA members while we're in DC for TruCon17 for an informal happy hour at Russia House on Saturday, June 24th in the early evening (around 5:30 or 6 pm).

TruLA Salon: What's Ahead for the Middle East? A Discussion with Hugh Naylor

June 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Our next TruLA salon will focus on the Middle East in 2017 and beyond - what's ahead for the region, and the implications for the United States and the world.

Our guest will be Hugh Naylor, who recently relocated to LA after 10 years reporting from the region (see bio below). Hugh has been on the front lines of every major development across the Middle East over the past decade. Very few Americans have his experience and insight into events on the ground, and it should be a fascinating and timely discussion.


Hugh Naylor was a Beirut-based correspondent for The Washington Post until January 2017. He has reported from over a dozen countries in the Middle East for such publications as The National, an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper, and The New York Times. He relocated to Los Angeles in early 2017.

An Evening with Linda Lopez, Chief of the Office of Immigration Affairs for the Mayor in Los Angeles

May 16th, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Please join the Truman LA Chapter for a meeting focused on current immigration issues. Linda Lopez, Chief of the Office of Immigration Affairs for the Mayor in Los Angeles, will shed some light on how the Mayor’s office is handling immigration issues in the city of Los Angeles in light of the Trump Administration.

Be ready for a lively presentation and discussion to follow, exclusively for our Truman Los Angeles chapter.


Application Dates: June 1 - September 15th, 2017

The application for the Class of 2018 is now open! Please click here to apply. The application will remain open until 5:00pm PT on September 15th.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact membership@trumanproject.org.


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.