Susan E Rice

Born:November 17, 1964 (age 55)
Career:National Security Advisor, 2013-2017
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 2009-2013
Education:Stanford University
M.Phil. and D.Phil., New College, Oxford

Susan E. Rice served as the national security advisor for the Obama Administration from July 1, 2013 to January 20, 2017.

Rice was born November 17, 1964, in Washington, D.C. She received her M.Phil (master's degree) and D.Phil. (doctorate) in international relations from New College, Oxford University, England, where she was a Rhodes scholar. She was awarded the Chatham House-British International Studies Association Prize for the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in the United Kingdom in the field of international relations. Rice received her B.A. in history, with honors from Stanford University where she graduated junior Phi Beta Kappa and was a Truman scholar.

From 1995 to 1997, Rice served as special assistant to President Clinton and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council at the White House. Prior to this position, she served as director for international organizations and peacekeeping on the National Security Council staff from 1993 until 1995.

From 1997 to 2001, Rice was the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs. In this position, she formulated and implemented U.S. policy for 48 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, including political, economic, security and humanitarian issues. As assistant secretary, she oversaw the management of 43 U.S. embassies and over 5,000 U.S. and foreign service national employees, with a bureau-operating budget of over $100 million and a program budget of approximately $160 million annually. In 2000, Rice was a co-recipient of the White House's 2000 Samuel Nelson Drew Memorial Award for distinguished contributions to the formation of peaceful, cooperative relationships between states.

From February 2007 through November 2008, Rice served as a senior advisor for national security affairs on the Obama for America campaign. She later served on the advisory board of the Obama-Biden transition team and as co-chair of its policy working group on national security. From 2002 to 2009, she was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution where she focused on U.S. foreign policy, transnational security threats, weak states, global poverty and development. She was unanimously confirmed as the ambassador to the U.N. by the U.S. Senate on January 22, 2009, and served until July 1, 2013.