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Susan Rice
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Official portrait, 2013
Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
President Joe Biden
Preceded by Brooke Rollins
24th United States National Security Advisor
In office
July 1, 2013 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Deputy Tony Blinken
Avril Haines
Ben Rhodes
Preceded by Thomas E. Donilon
Succeeded by Michael Flynn
27th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
January 26, 2009 (2009-01-26) – June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30)
President Barack Obama
Deputy Brooke Anderson
Rosemary DiCarlo
Preceded by Zalmay Khalilzad
Succeeded by Samantha Power
12th Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
In office
October 14, 1997 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by George Moose
Succeeded by Walter H. Kansteiner III
Personal details
Susan Elizabeth Rice

November 17, 1964 (1964-11-17) (age 56)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Ian O. Cameron (m. 1992)
Children 2
Parents Emmett J. Rice (father)
Lois Dickson Rice (mother)
Education Stanford University (BA)
University of Oxford (MPhil, DPhil)
  • Diplomat
  • Policy advisor
  • Public official

Susan Elizabeth Rice (born November 17, 1964) is an American diplomat. 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. In 2021, she became the Director of the Domestic Policy Council under the Joe Biden presidency.


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.

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.

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

2018 U.S. Senate race in Maine

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. In April 2019, however, Rice announced that she would not seek a Senate run against Collins in 2020.

2020 presidential election

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.

Biden administration

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.

Personal life

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.

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