Rachel Kleinfeld is cofounder and CEO of the Truman National Security Project, an organization dedicated to building the next generation of progressive leaders in national security. Her work focuses on issues at the interstices of national security, human security, and development. Previously, as a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Kleinfeld worked on energy security, terrorism, homeland security, and trade and security issues. As a consultant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, she has written with the Honorable Richard Danzig on citizen preparedness for bioterrorism.
Kleinfeld has consulted for the World Bank and for multiple government agencies and private organizations on building the rule of law in weak states, work that she continues as a nonresident associate of the Carnegie Endowment. She has worked in human rights and economic development in India, Israel, and Eastern Europe, and has served as an elections monitor in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Her commentary has been published in multiple books, magazines, and newspapers, and she has also served as a regular blogger for National Journalís Security Experts blog and for The New York Times during the 2008 campaign.
A Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar, Kleinfeld received her BA from Yale University and her M. Phil and D. Phil in International Relations from St. Antony's College, Oxford. She was born and raised in a log cabin on a dirt road in her beloved Fairbanks, Alaska.