November 27, 2023

Truman National Security Project Announces 2024 Member Class

Truman National Security Project Announces 2024 Member Class


November 27, 2023, Washington, DC: The Truman National Security Project is proud to announce the selection of the 2024 Truman Member Class. The Truman Project brings together leaders to produce timely, innovative, and principled solutions to complex national security challenges. 

This class includes 70 national security professionals, one of the most diverse classes in Truman's history. 43% are women, nearly 47% identify as BIPOC, 14% are LGBTQIA+, 14% are persons with disabilities, 23% are first-generation college graduates, and 30% are first-generation Americans. 

"As the interim President and CEO, it's my pleasure to welcome the 2024 new member class to the Truman National Security Project. Our community is a mosaic of diverse talents and perspectives that come together to create a dynamic force for positive change,” said Tripp Adams, “Our members’ commitment enriches our collective strength, ensuring that we continue to forge smarter, more just, and stronger global leadership. Through diplomacy, defense, development, and democracy promotion, we embark on a journey to build a brighter future for all." 

"The 2024 new member class of the Truman National Security Project represents the tapestry of our nationwide community. Together, Trumans are the architects of smart, inclusive national security solutions upholding the values of principled, and effective American global leadership,” said Angelic Young, Vice President of Impact and Community, 

“With more than 2,500 dedicated members and alumni spanning 16 Chapters and 47 states, we share a common vision: that America shines brightest when we wield the full spectrum of our tools – diplomacy, defense, development, and democracy promotion. Welcome to a future where together, we shape the destiny of a safer, more prosperous world." 


About Truman: The Truman National Security Project is a vibrant, diverse, nationwide community of leaders leveraging the power of the Truman network to develop smart national security solutions that reinforce strong, just, and effective American global leadership. Our community includes more than 2,500 veterans, frontline civilians, policy experts, political professionals, and their allies who share a common vision of US leadership abroad. We hail from 16 Chapters and 47 different states across the nation. We believe that America is at its best when we use all the tools in our toolbox: diplomacy, defense, development, and democracy promotion.

Truman warmly welcomes the 2024 Class: 

Security Fellows

Sameen Ahmadnia, Associate, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

Amadi Anene, Associate, DLA Piper

Jono Anzalone, Lecturer & Board of Governors, University of Southern Maine & The Climate Initiative

Bethany Aquilina Brez, Managing Director, Strategy Execution, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

Evelina Ayrapetyan, Policy Analyst, Center for AI and Digital Policy

Benjamin Brockman, Sr. Product Manager - A.I. Transformation, Boston Consulting Group

Nathan Cole, Vice President, Citi Impact Fund, Citi

Eitan Danon, Team Lead, International Investigations & Special Programs, Chainalysis

Karim Farishta, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

Karen Fray, Chief of Staff, Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), detailed to National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)

Jayasri Ganapathy, Senior Legislative Attorney, New York City Council

Shariq Ghani, Executive Director, Minaret Foundation

Nathan Gwira, International Program Specialist, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency

Franz Hochstrasser, CEO and Co-Founder, Chair of the Board, Raise Green, Inc.

Mariya Ilyas, U.S. Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Anita Issagholyan, Policy Lead, Google

Josephine Jackson, Senior Specialist (Policy Analyst), Forge Group, LLC

Sunny Jha, Principal, SJMD Solutions, LLC

Brendan Johannsen, Managing Director, Teneo Risk

Victoria Latortue, U.S. Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Nick Mararac, Research Associate, Fors Marsh Group

Susan Markham, Director, HFX

Cody Minks, Biothreat Reduction Specialist - Senior, Noblis, Inc. 

Karen Owens, Senior Legislative Affairs Specialist, CHIPS for America, U.S. Department of Commerce

Marc Papazian*

Jacob Price, Senior Program Manager for Africa, Center for Civilians in Conflict

Nikitha Rai, National Security / Military Legislative Assistant, Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-03)

Asha Rangappa, Assistant Dean and Senior Lecturer, Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

Alexander Seasock, Legislative Director, Michigan House of Representatives

Nicholas Shafer, Fulbright Research Scholar, Ashoka University

Bryan Sims, Director, Peacebuilding and Partnerships, Humanity United

Elizabeth Spencer, Federal Consultant, Deloitte

Farha Tahir*

J. Jac Thomas, Medical Service Corps Officer - Healthcare Administration, U.S. Navy

Lara Trubowitz, Education Director, ADL Midwest/Associate Director, ADL National College & University Programs, ADL

Jessica Yllemo, Director, Climate Security Programs, American Security Project

Defense Council

Nicholas Armendariz, Assistant Officer in Charge, U.S. Navy

Jennifer Cannon, Government Relations Strategist, The Aerospace Corporation 

Dr. Robert Carter III, Joint Project Manager CRBN Sensors, The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense

Christopher Elder*

Andrew Eubanks, Customer Success Consultant, Public Sector Accounts, Qualtrics

Matthew Jacobs, Analyst, U.S. Government

Ivory Rose Johnson, Civil Affairs Officer, U.S. Army

David Leffler, Director, Government & Enterprise Sales, Foursquare

Kristin Lein, Management Consultant, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Tahina Montoya, Strategic Advisor, Veteran Experience Office, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Christina Powell, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Kevin Pratt, Principal Avionics Engineer, Blue Origin

David Rosenfield, Corporate Associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP

Seth Teleky, Judge Advocate, U.S. Army

Michelle Washington, Management Analyst, U.S. Department of Defense

Jeffrey Wells, Visiting Fellow, National Security Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Political Partners

Nada Al-Hanooti, Executive Director-Michigan Chapter, Emgage

Jennifer Borrero, Global Ambassador, United Nations Association

Jennifer Broadus, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Manager, King County Government, Department of Information & Technology

Benton Coblentz*

Lindsay Esposito*

Shani Gilchrist, Owner/Principal, SRG Strategic Consulting

Abdullah Hammoud, Mayor, City of Dearborn

Amit Jani*

Brendon Mills, Campaign Manager, Helmer for Congress

Kayemba Mvula, Founder/CEO, Pivot LLC

Kat Pipkin, Steering Committee Member, Indivisible Project: Indivisible Eastside (WA)

Joshua Russell, Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations

Maalik Simmons, Floor Director, U.S. Senate Majority Whip's Office

Samantha Smith, Civil Rights Manager, City of San Antonio

Laura Uttley, Director of Government Relations, Woodwell Climate Research Center

* Due to employment sensitivity, certain members' names, titles, and affiliations have been withheld.