Born in Washington, DC, on November 17, 1964, Susan E. Rice started her government career in 1993 with the National Security Council in Washington, DC, as the director of international organizations and peacekeeping. Her mentor, Madeline Albright, recommended Rice for the post of assistant secretary for African affairs in 1997 under President Clinton. She is currently the UN ambassador for the US.
U.N. Ambassador, foreign policy advisor. Born Susan Elizbeth Rice in Washington, D.C., on November 17, 1964, to parents Lois Dickson Fitt and Emmett J. Rice. Rice’s family is well renowned among the Washington elite; father, Emmett, is a Cornell University economics professor and former governor of the Federal Reserve System, while mother Lois is an education policy researcher and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.
Growing up, Rice’s family often spoke of politics and foreign policy at the dinner table. Her mother’s job also brought notable figures through the house, including Madeline Albright, with whom Rice’s mother served with on a local school board. Albright would later become a pivotal figure in Rice’s personal and professional life.
Rice attended National Cathedral School, a prep academy in Washington, D.C. She excelled in academics, becoming her class valedictorian, and showed her aptitude in the politic realm as president of the student council. She also loved athletics, competing in three different sports, and became a star point guard on the basketball team.
After graduation, Rice attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. In college, she pushed herself to excel. She not only earned Departmental Honors and University Distinction, but also became a Harry S. Truman scholar, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned a Rhodes scholarship. She turned the heads of top administrators when she created a fund that withheld alumni donations until the university either stopped their investments in companies doing business in South Africa, or the country ended apartheid.