WASHINGTON, D.C - The Truman Center for National Policy (501c3) and Truman National Security Project (501c4) are proud to welcome Jessica Sarhan as director of communications.
In this role, she will lead Truman’s communications efforts with the goal of advancing whole-of-society American leadership for human rights, inclusion, prosperity, and security at home and across the globe. Ms. Sarhan will harness her substantial background as a journalist and communications professional to share the incredible stories and work of our diverse member community.
“We are thrilled to welcomeJessica to the Truman family,” said Jenna Ben-Yehuda, Truman’s President and CEO. “Her distinguished career in broadcast journalism and strategic communications at the intersection of national security and politics makes her a perfect fit for Truman. We know that her diverse experience, creativity, and dynamism will advance Truman’s work in new and exciting ways.”
Ms. Sarhan joins Truman after working as a journalist with Al Jazeera English, where she produced shows on a range of major international stories, from the state of Russia’s opposition movement, to the growing conflict in Ethiopia and the rise of far-right extremism in America. Prior to this, she served as Head of National Security Communications and Press Secretary to the Ambassador at the British Embassy in Washington D.C, working to promote the U.K.’s foreign policy priorities to a U.S. audience. She has a global background, having also worked as an editor, producer and reporter for Al Jazeera English in Doha, Sky News in London and CNN in Washington D.C.
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Truman as the director of communications,” Ms. Sarhan said. “I am thrilled and excited to begin working with Truman’s nationwide network to help support its mission and advance its vital goals, which could not be more important or timely.
Ms. Sarhan speaks Arabic and has lived in over 10 different countries. She received her M.A. in Arabic and English Literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where as part of her degree, she lived in Syria – studying Arabic at the University of Damascus. More recently, she also completed a course at Harvard University, examining the health effects of climate change.
Truman is a nationwide impact community bridging geography, profession, partisanship, and identity. Together, we unite, build, and lead to advance whole-of-society American leadership for human rights, inclusion, prosperity, and security at home and abroad.