Rachel Kleinfeld

Security, governance, corruption

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Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld is a Senior Associate of the CarnegieEndowment for International Peace where she focuses on issues of rule of law,security, and governance in post-conflict countries, fragile states, and statesin transition. Her expertise lies in catalyzing change and innovation for improved security and governance in countries around the world.

As the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project,she spent nearly a decade leading a movement of national security, political,and military leaders working to promote peopleand policies that strengthen security, stability, rights, and human dignity inAmerica and globally. She has consulted with numerous politicians for U.S. policies and electoral campaigns. In 2011, Secretary Clinton appointed Rachelto the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which advises the Secretary ofState quarterly, a role she served through 2014.

Rachel has consulted on security, corruption, and governance for the U.S., UK, and other governments, as well as multinational and nonprofit institutions such as the World Bank, OECD, and Open Society Institute. She is the authorof multiple books and publications, including Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: NextGeneration Reform (Carnegie, 2012), which was chosen by Foreign Affairs magazine as one of thebest foreign policy books of 2012. Her co-authored book, Let ThereBe Light: Electrifying the Developing World with Markets and DistributedGeneration (Truman Institute, 2012) is taught as a leading publication for bottom-of-the-pyramid entrepreneurship.

Rachel has been named one of the top 40 Under 40 PoliticalLeaders in America by Time magazine,a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Rhodes Scholar, and a Truman Scholar. She appears regularly in the media, including the New YorkTimes, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and Fox News. She received her M. Phil and D. Phil inInternational Relations at Oxford University, which she attended as a RhodesScholar, and her B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from YaleUniversity. She currently serves on the boards ofvarious for-profit companies and social sector organizations that align withher passion for issues on the intersections of national security, human dignity,and empowerment.