Susan Elizabeth Rice was born November 17, 1964, is a specialist in U.S. foreign policy and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations since January 22, 2009.
Rice worked for the National Security Council and was the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the second term of Bill Clinton.
She grew up in Washington DC. She is the daughter of Emmet J. Rice, professor of economics at Cornell University and former governor of the Federal Reserve System and Lois Dickson Fitt, a scholar in science education. She was educated at Stanford University where she received a Truman Scholarship and graduated in history in 1986, then to Oxford University in international relations.
Rice was one of the assistants in foreign policy during the campaign of Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis during the 1988 presidential election then joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, working for the Toronto office.
Interview with Boris Kharl Ebaka** On 22 January 2009, Barack Obama appointed Susan Elizabeth Rice as permanent United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She thus became the first woman, and moreover the first Black, to occupy this post within the American administration, a strategic post considering her country’s role and influence in the international institution created in 1945.
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