David Trulio

David Trulio

David Trulio

Senior Fellow

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David V. Trulio is Business Development Director of Federal/Civil Programs for a major U.S. defense and security company, where he is responsible for leading domestic and international opportunities across the company’s businesses.

Prior to joining industry, Trulio was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a Special Assistant to the President and the Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council (HSC) at the White House in 2006, a position he held until 2008. In that capacity, Trulio served as HSC’s chief of staff and was responsible for interagency and intra-White House policy coordination on homeland security matters, as well as day-to-day management and administration of the HSC staff. In 2007, Trulio led the team charged with drafting the significantly-updated National Strategy for Homeland Security, which was issued by President Bush in October 2007.

Previously, Trulio held the position of Deputy Executive Secretary at HSC, and before joining the White House staff in 2005, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was a special assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Trulio was a member of the President’s policy team at campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, where he focused on national security and economic issues.

Prior to his public service, Trulio practiced corporate transactional law in Los Angeles, California, at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, the city’s oldest law firm. While there, he advised both closely-held private companies and multinational public companies in the technology and industrial sectors on financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

Since 2009, Trulio has served as a Senior Fellow of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University, and in 2011, he became a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Trulio earned a MBA from Harvard Business School, where he focused on strategy and venture finance; 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 the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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