Cherise Trump is the associate director of Coalition Relations. She works with Heritage experts and outside organizations on defense policy, foreign policy, and immigration reform issues. She manages Heritage’s outreach to foreign embassies and develops collaborative relationships with organizations, groups, and individuals to work together on key issues.
Before joining Heritage, Trump worked at The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) as a program manager. While at AHS Trump managed AHS’s national network of university and professional chapters and their events. She also ran the annual AHS conferences and fellowships, as well as alumni and young professional programming. Trump also organized and ran numerous staff rides to the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she was an analyst at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), where she worked on the Strategic Multilayer Assessment, Research and Transition Team. While at START, Trump tracked foreign military purchases of naval weapons systems for countries in East and Southeast Asia, and tracked Boko Haram’s movement in West Africa specifically focusing on the border of Nigeria and Cameroon.
Over the past years Trump has participated in a number of fellowships, while also leading and moderating many debates and discussions on foreign policy, defense, and national security issues. Trump is a 2018 George C. Marshall Fellow of the Heritage Foundation, a 2017 Claremont Institute Publius Fellow, and has participated in numerous fellowships hosted by the Hertog Foundation such as the War Studies Program with the Institute for the Study of War as well as a study of Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War hosted by Dr. Donald Kagan. Trump recently completed her MA in Security Studies with a concentration in Military Operations at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service where she was a 2019 Donald Rumsfeld Graduate Fellow. She also has a degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University.