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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations-Designate Susan Rice


Ambassador Susan Rice

Ambassador Susan Rice

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Who Is She?:

Susan Rice was born November 17, 1964 in Washington, DC. There, she graduated from the National Cathedral School as valedictorian.


Rice received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University. As a Rhodes Scholar, she received master's and doctoral degrees from New College, Oxford, United Kingdom.


Rice was designated on December 1, 2008 by then President-Elect Barack Obama to become the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She will replace Zalmay Khalilzad. The office will also be re-elevated to the presidential cabinet level.

Prior to this Rice was:

  • Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1997-2001)
  • Adviser to President Clinton on national security (various roles) (1993-1997)
  • Foreign policy adviser to the presidential campaigns of Michael Dukakis (1988), John Kerry (2004), Barack Obama (2008)


Fun Facts:

As a student at Stanford, Rice was involved in efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. "She created a fund for alumni donations that would hold the gifts until either the University divested from companies doing business in South Africa or the country abolished apartheid," according to a story in the Stanford alumni magazine.

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