Sonia Van Meter (Partner ‘16) 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
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
11/20/2018, War on the Rocks, Stretched Thin: When Fragile States Face Climate Hazards, by Ashley Moran, Truman Security Fellow
10/27/18, My San Antonio, Revisit issue of South Texas colonias, by Coda Rayo-Garza, Truman Political Partner
6/21/18, Houston Chronicle, In North Korea, Trump can learn from James Baker [Opinion], by Sarah Labowitz, Truman Security Fellow
6/18/18, MySA, He’s anti-immigrant and is a Trump nominee, by Coda Rayo-Garza, Truman Political Partner
6/11/18, Texas Public Radio, Military Primed To Lead Transition Into Clean Energy, San Antonio Panel Says, quotes James Morin, Truman Security Fellow
5/31/18, Reliefweb, Strauss Center Launches Complex Emergencies Dashboard, Explores Convergence of Security Risks and Responses in Asia, quoted Ashley Moran, Truman Security Fellow
5/21/18, TribTalk, Trump’s National Guard deployment is based on falsehoods, by Coda Rayo-Garza, Truman Political Partner
5/18/18, San Antonio Current, Today is the Last Day for Early Voting in Party Runoffs, featuring Gina Ortiz Jones, Truman Defense Council
5/7/18, Truman Doctrine Blog, More Offshore Drilling! But why?, by Michael Morford, Truman Security Fellow
5/9/18, Austin Statesman, Wit behind˜Taco War and ˜Wonder Woman letter to leave Adlers office, featuring Jason Stanford, Truman Political Partner
5/02/18, New Leaders Council, Criminalization, Incarceration, and Liberation: A Brief Analysis and History, co-authored by Coda Rayo- Garza, Truman Political Partner
3/28/18, Politico Magazine, How Veterans are Powering the Democrats’ 2018 Hopes, featuring Seth Moulton, Truman Security Fellow, Rye Barcott, Truman Defense Council, Joseph Kopser, Truman Defense Council, Jason Crow, Truman Political Partner, and Daniel McCready, Truman Political Partner
3/27/18, Daily Kos, Daily Kos endorses Gina Ortiz Jones, a Filipina-American LGBT veteran who can make history this fall, featuring Gina Ortiz Jones, Defense Council Member
3/5/18, Cosmopolitan, These Women Candidates Could Make History in 2018, featuring Gina Ortiz Jones, Defense Council Member, Fayrouz Saad, Truman Political Partner, Lauren Baer, Truman Security Fellow, and Alexandra Chandler, Defense Council Member
2/7/18, New York Times, Trump's military parade is no way to show appreciation for our armed forces, by Brandon Friedman, Truman Security Fellow
UPCOMING EVENTS (MEMBERS-ONLY):
Veterans and Security Groups Fall Muster
Fri. Sept. 21, 2018
Truman National Security Project, Truman Center for National Policy, and the nonpartisan Veterans for American Ideals invite you to a happy hour convening like-minded veterans, security groups, and allies. Join us to get to know new local groups with shared issue interests, learn about their work and upcoming plans, and share what your own group is doing and how others can get involved.
Truman Project's Texas Chapter Recruitment Happy Hour
Thur. Sept. 06, 2018
Please join us for happy hour to learn more about Truman National Security Project, our membership process, and how Truman's work may align with your own. Truman members from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Truman staff from DC will be at the happy hour to talk with prospective new members about our work in Texas and across the nation.
Thur. July 19, 2018
Truman members presented Truman's Defending Democracy training at the New Leaders Council convention in Houston, TX. The training is designed to teach local and state elected officials, civil servants, civic organizations, and concerned citizens what they need to know to safeguard American democracy from backsliding.
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.
TruTex Potluck BBQ
Sat. April 14, 2018
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.