Truman National Security Project

Partnership Facts and Answers

By Dave Solimini | 1.9.13
Vice President of Strategic Communications
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The Truman Project and the Center for National Policy
The Truman National Security Project and the Center for National Policy announced a partnership on January 9, 2013. This partnership combines values-based national security policy and politics into a single organization that will help define American leadership in a changing world.


Founding. The Center for National Policy was founded in 1972 by a small group of policy leaders. The Truman Project was founded in 2005 by Rachel Kleinfeld and Matthew Spence. Dr. Kleinfeld remains the President of Truman.

History of leadership. Both Truman and CNP have a long history of policy and political leadership and association with the senior leaders. Current and past Presidents, Board Members, and Advisors of Truman and CNP include or have included: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (CNP President ‘90-‘93, Truman Advisory Board), Former White House Counsel Greg Craig (Truman Advisory Board), President Emeritus of the Council on  Foreign Relations Les Gelb (Truman Advisory Board), Senator Gary Hart (Truman Advisory Board), Former Chief of Staff to the Vice President Ron Klain (Truman Governing Board), Secretary of State Senator Edmund Muskie (CNP Chairman ’85-‘94), Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (CNP Chairman ’00-‘03, CNP Advisory Board Chair ’02-‘09), Former Secretary of Defense William Perry (Truman Advisory Board), Chair of the Center for American Progress John Podesta (Truman Advisory Board), Ambassador Tim Roemer (CNP President ’03-‘09), Former State Department Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter (Truman Advisory Board),  Former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance (CNP Chairman ’83-‘85).

Staffing and Budget. Truman and CNP together total more than 30 staff members and a budget of approximately $5 million.The two organizations will share staff and have a single Executive Director.

Websites. The Truman Project’s website is CNP can be found at An updated web presence that reflects the partnership is under development.


Why are the Truman Project and the Center for National Policy partnering?

We are partnering to create a preeminent national security organization which combines the political power, community building, and leadership development strengths of the Truman Project with the policy heft and heritage of the Center for National Policy.  Truman and CNP have been longtime friends and allies. As an example of that relationship, the Truman Project’s first office space was actually a sublet from CNP.

Is either organization changing its issue or ideological focus?

No. Truman and CNP share a set of values that drive everything we do. We are fundamentally forward-leaning, embracing the challenges of a changing world, and helping define America’s role in it. We are driven to improve the national and economic security of the United States through strong alliances, a robust military, international engagement, and support for democracy, human rights, development and trade.

Who leads this new organization?

As required by law, the two organizations maintain separate Boards of Directors while sharing staff. Rachel Kleinfeld remains the President of the Truman Project and Scott Bates remains President of the Center for National Policy; both serve as Senior Advisors to the sister organization. Michael Breen is Executive Director of both organizations, Sarah Bruno is COO, Michael Moschella is Chief Organizer, David Solimini is Vice President for Strategic Communications, and Robin McQueen is Vice President of External Relations. Complete staff biographies can be found here (Truman) and here (CNP).

Legally, what happened? Is this a merger?

The Truman National Security Project and the Center for National Policy are partner organizations with a shared staff, single Executive Director, and separate Presidents and Boards of Directors. Legally, The Truman Project’s sister organization, the Truman Institute, merged with the Center for National Policy and adopted the name and its leadership.

Will this partnership result in any staffing consolidation or cuts?

No. Because this partnership represents growth for the two organizations, our shared staff will stay on and continue to grow.  New employment opportunities are available here.

Is Truman or CNP changing their name?

No.  In a setup typical to c3 and c4 sister organizations, the Truman Project and the Center for National Policy will retain their names.

What does this mean for Truman Project Members?

Truman Security Fellows, Political Partners, and Veteran Leadership Academy graduates will remain Members of the Truman Project. Those programs will continue to recruit, train, and position the next generation of national security leaders.

How are Truman and CNP funded?

We are funded by a wide range of individual, foundation, and corporate donors. There is no primary funder or “angel” donor for either organization.

Are Truman and CNP moving offices?

We are currently exploring joint office space options. For the time being, mail can continue to be directed to Truman at 1050 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20036 and CNP at One Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001.

I have more questions.

Media inquiries should be directed to Stephanie Dreyer, Director of Media Relations, at 202-216-9723 ext 320.