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Phillip N. Truluck

 Phillip N. Truluck

Heritage Trustee from 2001 to 2015; Chairman, Society of Emeritus Trustees since 2015; The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

Truluck came to Heritage on April 1, 1977, and, as Director of Research, began to assemble the team that would revolutionize the way public policy research is conducted and promoted. Soon thereafter, he rose to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and oversaw all day-to-day operations of the Foundation. During his 38-year tenure, Heritage grew from a 30-person operation with an annual budget of $2 million, located in a townhouse on Capitol Hill, to the leading conservative public policy research institution in the world, employing 294 people, working with a $82 million annual budget, and occupying several office buildings (totaling nearly 200,000 square feet) on either side of the U.S. Capitol. He retired from Heritage on April 1, 2015.

During 1982 and 1983, Truluck served on the Executive Committee of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, more commonly known as the Grace Commission. He served on the White House Fellows Selection Committee in the Reagan Administration and was appointed by President Reagan to the Administrative Conference of the United States in 1987.

Prior to joining Heritage in 1977, Truluck worked for Sen. Strom Thurmond and Rep. Ben Blackburn, and served as Deputy Director of the Republican Study Committee. He is a founding director and past member of the Board of Directors of the Center for International Private Enterprise, an affiliate of the National Endowment for Democracy. He is also the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District and a member of the Board of Directors of Ready, Willing and Working. Truluck is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society.