November 17

November 17, 1964 – Susan Rice

On November 17, 1964 Susan Elizabeth Rice, the United States National Security Advisor in President Barack Obama’s administration was born in Washington, DC.

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Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN (2009)

Prior to her position as National Security Advisor to President Obama, Rice became the first African American woman on January 22, 2009 to serve in the capacity of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Rice first worked in the administration of President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1997 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council.

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Rice with Barack Obama and Joe Biden, December 2008

Rice also worked from 1993 to 1995 on the National Security Council staff as the Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1986 from Stanford University with a BA degree in history.   She received a Rhodes Scholar and enrolled at New College, Oxford and obtained a M.Phil (Master’s degree)1988 and a D.Phil (Ph.D) 1990 in International Relations.