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Color: Purple
Food: Sushi
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Season: Fall
Vacation Destination: Anguila
Washington, District of Columbia
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Biography |

Interview Date: 10/30/2017 |and| 12/4/2017

Diplomat and national security advisor Susan Rice was born on November 17, 1964 in Washington, D.C. to Lois Rice Fitt and Emmett J. Rice, governor of the Federal Reserve Board. Rice graduated from National Cathedral High School in Washington, D.C. in 1982, and received her B.A. degree in history from Stanford University in Stanford, California in 1986. She went on to earn her M.Phil. degree in 1988 and her Ph.D. degree in international relations in 1990, from the New College of the University of Oxford, England where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

From 1991 to 1993, Rice worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company. In 1993, she became the director of International Organizations and Peacekeeping under President Bill Clinton’s administration. From 1993 to 1997, she was appointed special assistant the president as well as senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, as well as Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping on the National Security Council staff. In 2002, she served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She served as a senior foreign policy adviser during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. Once elected, President Obama nominated Rice to the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In 2013, she was sworn in as National Security Advisor. After leaving the position in 2017, Rice became a distinguished visiting research fellow at the School of International Service, American University, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She was also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

Rice served on numerous boards, including as an independent director of the Bureau of National Affairs (now Bloomberg BNA), as well as Common Sense Media, the Beauvoir School in Washington DC, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She also served on the board of Netflix and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 2000, Rice was the co-recipient of the White House’s Sam Nelson Drew Memorial Award. In 2017, French President Francois Hollande presented Rice with the Award of Commander, the Legion of Honor of France, for her contributions to Franco-American relations.

Rice and her husband, Ian Cameron, have two children.

Susan Rice was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 30, 2017 and December 4, 2017.

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