Susan Elizabeth Rice is an American diplomat, policy advisor, and former public official. She served as the 27th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013. Rice was also the 24th United States national security advisor from 2013 to 2017. Rice has been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the incoming Biden administration.
About Susan Rice in brief
Susan Elizabeth Rice is an American diplomat, policy advisor, and former public official. She served as the 27th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013. Rice was also the 24th United States national security advisor from 2013 to 2017. Rice has been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the incoming Biden administration. Rice served as a foreign policy advisor to Democratic presidential nominees Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, and Barack Obama. Rice’s tenure saw significant changes in U. S. –Africa policy, including the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, support for democratic transitions in South Africa and Nigeria. She also defended Israel at the Security Council, pushed for tough sanctions against Iran and North Korea, and advocated for U. s. and NATO intervention in Libya in 2011. Rice reportedly said, ‘If we use the word ‘genocide’ what will be the effect on the election?” Rice reportedly denied the quote at the time, but felt that it was a mistake made at a time when she felt the time was right to make it. Rice said that her parents taught her to ‘never use race as an excuse or advantage’ and as a young girl she ‘dreamed of becoming the first U.s. senator from the District of Columbia’ Rice was a three-letter varsity athlete, student government president, and valedictorian at National Cathedral School in Washington, D. C. She attended Stanford University, where she won a Truman Scholarship and graduated with a BA with honors in history in 1986.
Rice attended New College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, whereshe earned Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, both in International Relations. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled Commonwealth Initiative in Zimbabwe, 1979–1980: Implications for International Peacekeeping. Rice worked in McKinsey & Company, a global management firm, from 1990 to early 1992. She was a management consultant at McKinsey’s Toronto office in 1990 to 1990. Rice also served on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1993 to 1997 and was the assistant secretary of state for African affairs at the State Department from 1997 to 2001. Rice is the daughter of Lois Rice, who helped design the federal Pell Grant subsidy system, and Emmett J. Rice, a Cornell University economics professor and the second black governor of the Federal Reserve System. Her maternal grandparents were Jamaican immigrants to Portland, Maine; her paternal grandparents were the descendants of slaves from South Carolina. Her mother married Alfred Bradley Fitt, an attorney, who at the. time was general counsel of the U. S. Congressional Budget Office, in 1978. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Public Policy and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coontz. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden. She has a son, David Rice, and a daughter, Victoria Rice.