Susan Rice

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Susan Rice
22nd Director of the Domestic Policy Council
In office
January 20, 2021 – May 26, 2023
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyCatherine Lhamon
Carmel Martin
Esther Olavarria
Christen Linke Young
Preceded byJoe Grogan
Succeeded byNeera Tanden
24th United States National Security Advisor
In office
July 1, 2013 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyTony Blinken
Avril Haines
Ben Rhodes
Preceded byThomas E. Donilon
Succeeded byMichael Flynn
27th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
January 26, 2009 (2009-01-26) – June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30)
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyBrooke Anderson
Rosemary DiCarlo
Preceded byZalmay Khalilzad
Succeeded bySamantha Power
12th Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
In office
October 14, 1997 – January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byGeorge Moose
Succeeded byWalter H. Kansteiner III
Personal details
Susan Elizabeth Rice

(1964-11-17) November 17, 1964 (age 59)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Ian O. Cameron (m. 1992)
ParentsEmmett J. Rice (father)
Lois Dickson Rice (mother)
EducationStanford University (BA)
University of Oxford (MPhil, DPhil)
  • Diplomat
  • Policy advisor
  • Public official

Susan Elizabeth Rice (born November 17, 1964) is an American diplomat. In 2021, Rice became the Director of the Domestic Policy Council under the Joe Biden presidency. She was the National Security Advisor from 2013 through 2017 during the Barack Obama presidency. Before, she was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations between 2009 to 2013.

Obama administration[change | change source]

She was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Rice served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton's second term. Rice was confirmed as UN ambassador by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009.

She is the first Jamaican-American woman to hold that office. Rice succeeded Tom Donilon as National Security Adviser. Donilon's resignation was announced on June 5, 2013.[1]

Post-Obama presidency activities[change | change source]

On March 8, 2017, Rice joined American University as a distinguished visiting research fellow in the School of International Service (SIS) at the university. In her residency she planned to work on her next book and mentoring young SIS students.[2]

On March 28, 2018, Rice was appointed to the board of directors at Netflix.[3]

2018 U.S. Senate race in Maine[change | change source]

After U.S. senator Susan Collins from Maine voted in favor of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, Rice publicly considered a challenge to Collins in 2020.[4][5] In April 2019, however, Rice announced that she would not seek a Senate run against Collins in 2020.[6]

2020 presidential election[change | change source]

In July 2020, it was widely reported that Rice was under consideration to be Joe Biden's running mate for Vice President in the 2020 general election.[7]

Biden administration[change | change source]

On December 10, 2020, it was reported that Rice was picked by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the Biden administration.[8][9] She left office in May 2023 and was replaced by Neera Tanden.

Personal life[change | change source]

Rice was born on November 17, 1964 in Washington, D.C.. She studied at Stanford University and the New College, Oxford. Rice is an African American whose maternal grandparents were Jamaican.

References[change | change source]

  1. Tom Donilon resigns as Obama national security adviser Susan Rice to take over Archived 2019-11-30 at the Wayback Machine at Washington
  2. "Ambassador Susan Rice Joins American University School of International Service | News | School of International Service | American University, Washington D.C." American University. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  3. Spangler, Todd (March 28, 2018). "Netflix Names Former Obama Adviser and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to Board". Variety. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  4. Bradner, Eric. "Susan Rice tweets 'Me' when asked who could challenge Sen. Collins in 2020". CNN. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  5. "Does Collins already have a challenger in Maine? 'Me,' says former Obama official". USA TODAY. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  6. Susan Rice Says She Won't Challenge Susan Collins in 2020, Associated Press (April 11, 2019).
  7. "In VP search, Biden has a known quantity in Susan Rice". AP NEWS. July 24, 2020. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  8. @ZekeJMiller (December 10, 2020). "WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden taps former Obama adviser and envoy Susan Rice to lead White House Domestic Policy Council" (Tweet). Retrieved December 10, 2020 – via Twitter.
  9. Pager, Tyler (December 10, 2020). "Biden taps Susan Rice for top White House domestic policy job". POLITICO. Retrieved December 10, 2020.

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