Rachel Kleinfeld advises governments, philanthropists and activists on how democracies can make major social change — even in distressed circumstances.

Why you should listen

As an advisor to government officials, business leaders, philanthropists and activists, Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld helps repair democracies confronting big changes. As a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, she focuses on countries facing violence, corruption and other problems of poor governance.

In 2010, TIME magazine named Kleinfeld one of the top 40 political leaders under 40 for her decade of work as the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project, which recruits and trains leaders to advance policies that enhanced global security, democracy and human dignity. In 2011, Hillary Clinton appointed Kleinfeld to the State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which advised the Secretary of State quarterly. Kleinfeld is the author of several books, including A Savage Order: How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security.

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