Rachel Kleinfeld is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on issues of security and governance in post-conflict countries, fragile states, and countries transitioning to democracy. As the founder of the Truman National Security Project, she spent nine years as CEO of a movement of national security, political, and military leaders working to improve the security policies of the United States, efforts she continues as president emeritus. Kleinfeld also serves on the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which advises the secretary of state quarterly.
Kleinfeld has consulted on rule of law reform for the World Bank, the European Union, the OECD, the Open Society Institute, and other institutions and has briefed multiple U.S. government agencies. She is the author of Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2012), which was chosen by Foreign Affairs magazine as one of the best foreign policy books of 2012. Her writings have appeared in Relocating the Rule of Law (Hart, 2009), Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies (Palgrave, 2009), The Future of Human Rights (on humanitarian intervention) (Philadelphia UP, 2008), Promoting the Rule of Law: The Problem of Knowledge (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2006), With All Our Might (Rowen and Littlefield, 2006), and other publications. She also coauthored Let There Be Light: Electrifying the Developing World with Markets and Distributed Generation (Truman Institute, 2012).
Named one of the top “40 Under 40 New Civic Leaders” in America by Time magazine in 2010, Kleinfeld has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other national television, radio, and print media. Kleinfeld serves on the boards of various for-profit companies and social sector organizations that align with her passion for issues on the intersections of national security, human security, and empowerment. She was born and raised in a log house on a dirt road in her beloved Fairbanks, Alaska.