North Carolina


Jennifer Atala (Fellow ‘17)   - Chapter Director

Jason Cain (Defense Council '12) -  Political Director

Shane Reese (Partner ‘14) - Communications Director

Seth Palmer (Partner ‘19) - Training Director


OUR PEOPLE: The North Carolina Chapter of Truman National Security Project has 33 total members from 2005-2018. The total membership is currently 61% Partners, 30% DefCon, and 9% Fellows. Our members work across many sectors, including consulting, nonprofit management, business, entrepreneurship, law, politics, government and education. Truman Project is a 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit organization.


11/26/17, CNN, The Catch-22 that keeps many vets from getting help, by Brandon Heffinger, Truman Defense Council

11/10/17, News Observer, The things they still carry, by Brandon Heffinger, Truman Defense Council



North Carolina Recruitment Event

Thu. August 31, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join current Truman Members in a relaxed setting and learn what Truman Project is all about! Appetizers and drinks will be provided!

Operation Free and Truman North Carolina Chapter present THE BURDEN: Fossil Fuels, The Military, and National Security

Fri. May 19, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Please join Operation Free, a coalition of veterans and national security experts who advocate for securing America with clean energy, along with the Truman National Security Project North Carolina Chapter for a special film screening of The Burden: Fossil Fuel, the Military, and National Security.


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.