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January 20, 2021

Two New Staff Join Truman: Kayvan Chinichian New Development Director, Camille Mackler New Migration Fellow

Two New Staff Join Truman: Kayvan Chinichian New Development Director, Camille Mackler New Migration Fellow
Statements
January 20, 2021

Two New Staff Join Truman: Kayvan Chinichian New Development Director, Camille Mackler New Migration Fellow

Two New Staff Join Truman: Kayvan Chinichian New Development Director, Camille Mackler New Migration Fellow

Pictured: Kayvan Chinichian and Camille Mackler

WASHINGTON, DC — The Truman Center for National Policy (501c3) and Truman National Security Project (501c4) are proud to welcome Kayvan Chinichian and Camille Mackler, Esq.

Mr. Chinichian will serve as Director of Development.

In this role, he will harness his extensive background in nonprofit management to lead Truman’s fundraising efforts that foster principled solutions to global challenges. Throughout his career, Mr. Chinichian has demonstrated considerable fundraising success and an unwavering commitment to positive change.

“Kayvan brings a wealth of development experience to Truman. He also embodies the organization’s core values and mission. During a period of national unrest and presidential transition, Kayvan’s strategic vision will help Truman grow as we inform the next generation of foreign policy and national security solutions. We are ecstatic to welcome Kayvan to the team,” said Jenna Ben-Yehuda, Truman’s President and CEO.

Mr. Chinichian joins Truman after serving as the Deputy Director of Development at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he worked closely with the executive and program teams to ampily the Center’s work and raise new revenue. Skilled in major event coordination and implementation of fundraising strategies for corporate and individual support, Kayvan brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit management. He was previously the Associate Director of Individual Membership at the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS) and prior to that the Development Operations Officer at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).

“I am honored to be joining Truman as the Director of Development. It is a privilege to work with such a diverse membership, including campaign managers, elected officials, senior government officials, frontline civilians, diplomats, and veterans. I am confident Truman members will remain at the forefront of national security dialogue and proactive solution-building, and am eager to partner with them,” Mr. Chinichian said.

Mr. Chinichian speaks Farsi, and started his career as a Middle East policy researcher. He  received his M.A. in Middle East Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University after earning his B.A. in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). He is also involved with the California State Society and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Ms. Mackler will serve as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Truman Center. She will develop programs that underscore the intersections between immigration policy, national security, and foreign relations.

She is the Executive Director of the Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative (Immigrant ARC), which she helped form and has led since February, 2017. Born out of the momentum of the legal response to the Travel Ban at JFK airport in January, 2017, Immigrant ARC is a legal service provider collaborative of over 80 organizational members who pool expertise and resources to protect immigrants in the face of increasingly draconian immigration enforcement.

Prior to transforming Immigrant ARC into an independent non-profit organization, Ms. Mackler was the Director of Immigration Legal Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition. In that role, she led advocacy campaigns to improve laws and policies for the benefit of immigrants across New York State.

“Camille is a leading voice at the intersection of immigration and national security and a widely respected member of the Truman community," said Ben-Yehuda. "She is the perfect person to shepherd the expansion of Truman’s immigration programming and we are delighted to welcome her as Visiting Senior Fellow.”

Ms. Mackler has led a number of important campaigns and efforts, including the coordination of legal efforts at JFK airport during the travel ban and at the Albany County Jail after the largest one-time transfer of asylum seekers from the Southern Border to New York State. She has successfully advocated for protections for immigrants seeking legal assistance, including successfully pushing for significant increases in public funding of immigration legal services in both New York City and New York State, and recently helped draft legislation creating the first right to universal representation of immigrants in the country.

Ms. Mackler has a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is a Security Fellow in the Truman National Security Project.