San Francisco


Rachel Gillum (Fellow ‘13) and Kenneth Wun (Fellow ‘09)  - Chapter Directors

Austin Heyworth (Partner '15) and Brigette Hunley (Partner '12) - Political Directors


OUR PEOPLE: The San Francisco Chapter of Truman National Security Project is the third largest Chapter in the country, with 121 total members from 2005-2018. The total membership is currently 55% Fellows, 33% Partners, and 12% 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.


12/21/17, New York Times, When Trump Vilifies Legal Immigrants, co-authored by Brittan Heller, Truman Security Fellow

11/26/17, Cairo Scene, 10 Awe-Inspiring Speakers You Can't Miss At Riseup Summit 2017, featuring Sarah Heck, Truman Security Fellow

11/16/17, iPN, Georgia has received an environmental integration group, featuring Jesse Medlong, Truman Defense Council

11/10/17, Pacific Council, What to Expect at the COP23 Climate Summit in Bonn, by Jesse Medlong, Truman Defense Council



Truman San Francisco Holiday Party

Sun. December 10, 2017 - 3:00pm

Please join us for our Truman San Francisco Holiday Party! It will be a family friendly potluck, and we hope to see you there!

Truman San Francisco Chapter: TruTalks w/ Betsy Cooper and Caitlin Tulloch

Tue. November 14, 2017 - 6:30pm

Please join us for TruTalks with Betsy Cooper on cybersecurity and Caitlin Tulloch on humanitarian and refugee issues.
Caitlin Tulloch is a Technical Advisor at the International Rescue Committee, where she heads an initiative to analyze the cost-effectiveness of different modes of humanitarian response in order to equip donors and NGOs with information to make the greatest impact in crisis settings.

Betsy Cooper is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. Betsy comes to UC Berkeley from the Department of Homeland Security, where she served as an attorney advisor to the Deputy General Counsel and as a policy counselor in the Office of Policy.

Truman San Francisco: Happy Hour with Truman Project President Mike Breen

Fri. October 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

Please join Truman National Security Project's San Francisco Chapter for a happy hour with Truman Project President Mike Breen!

Recruitment Happy Hour

Tue. September 12, 2017

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! Snacks and drinks will be provided.

We're excited to have Joy Basu and Betty Cremmins join us for this Thursday's chapter meeting and discuss how their applying their progressive values to their work in the first year of the 45th president.


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.