Karlo Marcelo

Partnership Director
Truman National Security Project

Karlo Barrios Marcelo serves as Partnership Director at the Truman National Security Project. Through his own firm - Purple Turtle Insight - Karlo helps rising leaders achieve their goals through better networking and relationship management. Prior to joining Truman, Karlo was an associate at The Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program. He’s also worked at CIRCLE, where he published dozens of research papers and developed an expertise in youth voting and the Millennial generation. He’s appeared on Reuters, Al-Jazeera, CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric; his research has been featured in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Associated Press, among others. He serves as a board member of Advocates for Youth, Citizens for Global Solutions PAC and Progressive Alliance PAC. Karlo graduated with a BA in economics and government from The University of Maryland and an MPP from The University of Michigan.