Texas


CHAPTER LEADERSHIP

Ashley Moran (Fellow ‘14) and James Morin (Fellow ‘07)  - Chapter Co-Directors

Matt Glazer (Partner ‘13) - Political Director

Michael Morford (Fellow ‘15) - Energy Issues Lead

Ashley Moran (Fellow ‘14) - Refugee Issues Lead

James Morin  (Fellow ‘07) - Military 101 Lead

Sonia Van Meter (Partner ‘16) - Austin Outreach Lead


CHAPTER OVERVIEW

OUR PEOPLE: The Texas Chapter of Truman National Security Project is the tenth largest Chapter in the country, with 45 total members from 2005-2018. The total membership is currently 44% Partners, 29% Fellows, and 27% DefCon. 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.


IN THE NEWS

1/4/18, Truman Doctrine Blog, Hasty or Planned: Why the Global War on Terror Drags On, by Mac McEachin, Truman Defense Council

12/7/17, Truman Doctrine Blog, Strong U.S. Commitment to Human Rights is Essential for National Security, by Sarah Labowitz, Truman Security Fellow


UPCOMING EVENTS (MEMBERS-ONLY):

Climate, Energy, and National Security

Sat. April 21, 2018

Join us for a conversation on the national security implications of climate change and how we can provide a just transition to an energy economy that is cleaner for the environment and more secure for our nation. A screening of the documentary Age of Consequences will be followed by a panel discussion including members of Truman Texas, Operation Free, CleanTX, and NATiVE.


PAST EVENTS

TruTex Potluck BBQ

Sat. April 14, 2017

Save the date for a TruTex potluck BBQ in Cedar Park, TX. Families, colleagues, and potential new Trumanites are especially welcome!

TruTexas: Truman Leaders Retreat Welcome Happy Hour

Fri. February 2, 2018

Please join the Texas Chapter in welcoming Truman Project Chapter Leaders and Expert Group Leaders to Austin for the Truman Leaders Retreat. Whether your interest is cyber or democracy, Africa or the Middle East, or simply connecting with Trumanites from across the country, here’s your chance to connect in a small-group setting.

TruTex Holiday Party

Wed. December 6, 2017

Join your TruTex colleagues for a holiday party at our monthly TruTexas happy hour. We look forward to seeing you there!

Operation Free Meeting with Veterans

Wed, November 8, 2017

OpFree held a roundtable in Texas to introduce TruTex and Operation Free to local allies working these issues in Texas and to re-engage the organizations/organizers who attended the Age of Consequences screenings earlier this year.  

TruTexas October Happy Hour

Thu. October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Please save the date for the monthly TruTexas October happy hour. Gather with your Texas Chapter members to talk some politics and nat sec!

Happy Hour with Wendy Anderson

Wed. September 20, 2017

Please save the date for the monthly TruTexas September happy hour. Gather with your TX Chapter members to talk some politics and nat sec!

We are excited to have Wendy Anderson, Truman Senior Advisor and former Department of Defense Chief of Staff, joining us.

Young Democrats Training

Wed. August 9, 2017

Truman staff traveled to Dallas, Texas, to participate in this year's annual conference for Young Democrats of America. Truman Director of Training and Public Engagement Anthony Robinson presented Truman's Military 101 training and co-presented Truman's Energy and Climate Security 101 training with Advocacy Campaign Manager Sydney Tate.

Military 101: Understanding Shared Values Across Communities

Sat. April 29, 2017

Truman Center for National Policy hopes you will join us for this educational training. Only 7.3% of living Americans have served in the U.S. military at some point of their lives, leaving most policymakers, advocates, and citizens with a dearth of knowledge about the military’s organization and culture. Taught by military veterans, this training covers everything from high-level questions about the values of those who serve in the military all the way down to details about the differences between various branches and ranks. Participants will walk away with a better sense of who serves in our military—and why they do it.

#TruServes Texas: Caritas of Austin

Fri. February 17, 2017

Please join TruTexas for a day of service at Caritas of Austin, which has been a key part of our community's efforts to end veteran homelessness and welcome refugees in Austin. From February 17-20, 2017, Truman chapters across the country will participate in #TruServes, a weekend of coordinated, purposeful community service at the chapter level. Truman members and chapters will come together to do good work in their communities – specifically with partner organizations that place the same strategic and moral value on American pluralism that Truman does.

Refugee Resettlement in Texas: Legislative Briefing Panel

Fri. February 3, 2017

Please join TruTexas this panel briefing legislative staff about the refugee resettlement program, security screening process, and community support for refugees. Truman panelists will discuss the positive national security implications of welcoming refugees and the rigorous security screening process. This event is part of a series of briefings Truman Texas members have been doing for Texas legislators and staff, in partnership with Refugee Council USA, Refugee Services of Texas, Caritas of Austin, GirlForward, and other refugee assistance organizations.

Age of Consequences Screening: Dallas Edition

Wed. February 1, 2017

The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.

 


THE THREE TRUMAN COHORTS

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.