Los Angeles


Katherine 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.


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




Hosted Dinner focused on TruLA Planning for 2018

Tue. October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Please join the Truman Project's Los Angeles Chapter for a closed-door gathering of members on Tuesday, October 24th from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Bob Abernethy, a long-time friend of Truman, has generously offered to host the Chapter that evening for dinner at his home in Manhattan Beach and we hope you can join us that evening.

Truman Los Angeles: A Conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff

Sun. September 17, 2017 - 3:45pm

Please join Truman National Security Project's Los Angeles Chapter for a conversation featuring Congressman Adam Schiff. This intimate discussion with the Congressman will focus on key national security challenges, including recent developments in the Russia investigation and the administration's response to North Korea's nuclear and missile testing.

LA Recruitment/ Get To Know Truman Event

Wed. September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Interested in becoming a member of the Truman National Security Project? Join current Truman Members in a relaxed setting and learn what Truman Project is all about! Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Behind the Scenes @ Zoic Labs: Inside a Non-Traditional Defense Contractor

Thu. August 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

When you think of defense contractors, it's natural to think of the big companies: Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, and many others. But the world of defense also includes many small businesses, ranging in size from 1 to hundreds of employees. These companies have historically made up an important part of the defense ecosystem, but coupled with a renewed focus on encouraging small business and "non-traditional" participation in the defense industry (led by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Deputy Secretary Bob Work), the Department of Defense has sought to alter the contracting landscape and give rise to a revitalized marketplace of ideas and technologies. This has included starting organizations like the Strategic Capabilities Office (charged with creating disruptive capabilities in our existing military systems) and Defense Innovation Unit - Experimental, or DIUx, which boasts two offices in Silicon Valley, CA and Boston, MA with a third slated to open in Austin, TX.


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.