David Trulio writes about homeland security policy, domestic and international coordination, and defense issues. He is the Business Development Director of Federal/Civil Programs for a major U.S. defense and security company, where he is responsible for customer engagement and developing opportunities across the company’s businesses.
Before joining industry, he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006 to be a Special Assistant to the President and the Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council (HSC) at the White House, a position Mr. Trulio held until 2008. In that capacity, he served as HSC’s chief of staff and was responsible for interagency and intra-White House policy coordination on homeland security matters. In 2007, Mr. Trulio led the team charged with drafting the significantly-updated National Strategy for Homeland Security.
Previously, Mr. Trulio held the position of Deputy Executive Secretary at HSC, and before that, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Special Assistant to the CFO of the Department. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Mr. Trulio was a member of the President’s policy team at campaign headquarters, where he focused on national security and economic issues. Earlier, he practiced corporate law in Los Angeles at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, the city’s oldest law firm.
Since 2009, Mr. Trulio has served as a Senior Fellow at The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, and in 2011, he became a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Trulio earned a MBA from Harvard Business School; a JD from Columbia University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and received a certificate from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law; and an AB with honors from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
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