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Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld founded the Truman National Security Project and served as CEO and President from its inception through 2013.

For creating and leading a national movement of policy, political, and military leaders to promote policies that strengthen security, stability, and human dignity in America and around the world, Dr. Kleinfeld was named one of the top 40 under 40 Political Leaders by Time Magazine. Rachel remains engaged with the Truman Project through ongoing work on Founder’s Projects to deepen our membership community and their commitment to our founding values.

Dr. Kleinfeld now serves as a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on issues of security, governance , and the rule of law in post-conflict countries, fragile states, and states in transition. She has consulted for the World Bank, the EU, OECD, and multiple government agencies and private organizations on building the rule of law in weak states. Dr. Kleinfeld is the author of Advancing Rule of Law Reform Abroad: The Next Generation (2012), named one of the best foreign policy books of 2012 by Foreign Affairs magazine. Her writings have also appeared in: Relocating the Rule of Law (2009); Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies (2009); The Future of Human Rights, on humanitarian intervention (2008); With All Our Might (2006); and Promoting the Rule of Law (2005). She has also co-authored Let There Be Light: A Market-Based Solution to Electrifying the Developing World (2011).

In 2011, Secretary Clinton appointed Dr. Kleinfeld to the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, the advisory body to the U.S. Department of State, on which she served until 2014. She also appears regularly on radio and television from CNN to Fox News, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other magazines and journals. Rachel serves on the Board of Caerus Associates, and previously served on the Board of the Blue Fund, a progressive mutual fund, and the Rhodes Scholarship Committee.

Dr. Kleinfeld received her B.A. from Yale University and her M. Phil and D. Phil in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. She was born and raised in a log house on a dirt road in her beloved Fairbanks, Alaska.

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