San Diego


Andy Kopp (Defense Council ‘17) - Chapter Co-Director

Katelyn Hailey (Partner ‘15) - Chapter Co-Director


OUR PEOPLE: The San Diego Chapter of Truman National Security Project has 35 total members from 2009-2018. The total membership is currently 40% Partners, 23% Fellows, and 37% 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.


06/11/18, Voice of San Diego, What Democrats Can Learn From the Primary Results, by Matt Strabone, Truman Political Partner

5/28/18, La Jolla Country Day School, The Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Rose Ceremony, featuring the Truman San Diego Chapter

5/28/18, San Diego Patch, Memorial Day Rose Drop Ceremony 2018: San Diego, featuring the Truman San Diego Chapter

5/28/18, CBS 8, Volunteers lay roses at Fort Rosecrans for Memorial Day, featuring the Truman San Diego Chapter

5/28/18, ABC 10 News, San Diego City Councilmen attend Memorial Day Rose Ceremony, featuring the Truman San Diego Chapter

5/28/18, NBC 7 San Diego, Thousands of Roses Placed on Fort Rosecrans Graves, featuring the Truman San Diego Chapter

5/28/18, Kusi News, Over 40 thousand roses placed at Memorial Day Sunrise Rose Ceremony, featuring the Truman San Diego Chapter

5/27/18, Fox 5, Thousands of roses arrive at Fort Rosecrans for Memorial Day, featuring the Truman San Diego Chapter

5/10/18, KPBS, Pentagon Hints At Major Changes To Navy Deployments, quotes Shawn VanDiver, Truman Defense Council

3/9/18, Voice of San Diego, Offshore Oil Drilling Threatens Our Coast Economies and Military Operations, by Mark West, Truman Defense Council

2/16/18, CGTN, Other countries could provide models for US gun laws, featuring Shawn VanDiver, Truman Security Fellow and San Diego Chapter Director

2/8/18, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Democrats stood by labor leader amid sexual misconduct allegation, got $10K the next day, featuring Shawn VanDiver, Truman Security Fellow and San Diego Chapter Director



San Diego Holiday Party

Fri. December 1, 2017

This first year of exposure to Truman, both nationally and with this local group, has been a terrific experience for both me and Vanessa. So to say thanks, we're volunteering as tributes to host the Truman San Diego Holiday Party & New Member Extravaganza. Plus karaoke!

TruSD Salon: Responding to White Nationalism

Sat. September 16, 2017

Truman Salons are unique events that bring together thought leaders in academia, business, government, and the military to explore issues in national security that transcend all four sectors. They begin with a reception and then roll into the program which will include self-introductions for the room and then a guided discussion. After the discussion concludes, attendees are welcome to stick around for more refreshments.We have several featured guests and elected officials but the discussion will be open to the entire room for the duration. Come prepared with questions you may have.

Sit Down With Rep. Swalwell

Tue. August 15, 2017

Join Representative Eric Swalwell for a Truman members-only sit down on Tuesday, August 15th from 4:30-5:30pm in San Diego.


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.