Condoleezza Rice

Born:November 14, 1954 (age 69)
Career:Director, Hoover Institution, 2020-present
U.S. Secretary of State, 2005-2009
U.S. National Security Advisor, 2001-2005
Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1986
Professor, Stanford University, 1981-present
Education:B.A., University of Denver
M.A., University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver

Condoleezza Rice served as U.S. secretary of state from January 2005 until January 2009, the second woman and the first African American woman to hold that position. Rice was also the first woman to serve as national security advisor, from 2001-2005 in the George W. Bush administration.

Rice was born on November 14, 1954, in Birmingham, Alabama. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Denver in 1974, her master's degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and her Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She has been on the Stanford faculty as a professor of political science since 1981.

In 1986, while an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From February 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as director, then senior director, of Soviet and East European Affairs, as well as special assistant to the president for national security.

From 1991-2001, Rice returned to her position at Stanford, also serving as Stanford's provost and their chief budget and academic officer from 1993-1999. She also co-founded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California, which has since merged with the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula.In January 2001, Rice was appointed national security advisor by President George W. Bush, serving until becoming secretary of state in 2005.

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at Rice, Hadley, Gates, & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm. She also serves as the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and a Senior Fellow on Public Policy, and is the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She serves on a number of corporate and civic boards, and has authored and co-authored numerous books.

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