Condoleezza Rice

Tad and Dianne Taube Director | Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Biography: 

Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and a senior fellow.  In addition, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm.

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the sixty-sixth secretary of state of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during time which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and an academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender--Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff, serving as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs.  In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

As a professor of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and coauthored numerous books, including two best sellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010). She also wrote To Build a Better World (2019) with Philip Zelikow; Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity (2018) with Amy Zegart; Democracy: Stories From the Long Road to Freedom (2017); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after- school programs. 

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley and former secretary of defense Robert M. Gates.

Rice currently serves on the board of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Rice served on various additional boards, including those of KiOR, Inc.; the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the Hewlett-Packard Company; the University of Notre Dame; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.

In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master's from the University of Notre Dame; and her PhD from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates.  She currently resides in Stanford, California.

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Condoleezza Rice: Ensuring America’s Innovation With Artificial Intelligence

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Stanford HAI
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice interviews Fei-Fei Li, who co-leads Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, about the future of AI in an event co-sponsored by HAI and Hoover.
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Condoleezza Rice And Eric Hanushek: Education In The Time Of COVID-19

interview with Condoleezza Rice, Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Videos
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Hoover Institution fellows Condoleezza Rice and Eric Hanushek discuss meeting the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to the future of our worldwide education infrastructure.

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Condolezza Rice: The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse: Populism, Nativism, Isolationism, And Protectionism

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia George W. Bush Presidential Center
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice explains the rise of nativism, populism, isolationism, and protectionism across the world and their impact on democracies.

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Socialism And Free-Market Capitalism: The Human Prosperity Project With Condoleezza Rice, Scott Atlas, And Ed Lazear

interview with Condoleezza Rice, Scott W. Atlas, Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 20, 2020

The Hoover Institution presents an online virtual speaker series based on the scholarly research and commentary written by Hoover fellows participating in the Human Prosperity Project on Socialism and Free-Market Capitalism. This project objectively investigates the historical record to assess the consequences for human welfare, individual liberty, and interactions between nations of various economic systems ranging from pure socialism to free-market capitalism.

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The Education Exchange: Condoleezza Rice On The “Deep Visceral Wounds Of Slavery”

by Paul E. Peterson interview with Condoleezza Ricevia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 20, 2020

The 66th Secretary of State and The Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at Stanford University, Condoleeza Rice, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how school choice can help lower-income families get more of out the public education system, and how systemic change will be necessary to improve racial equality in America.

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GoodFellows: Condoleezza Rice On COVID, Russia, And Putin

interview with Condoleezza Rice, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

This week on GoodFellows, we tackle a very complex geopolitical topic: Russia and the effects the COVID-19 crisis has had on that country’s economy, internal politics, international relations and aspirations, and ability to influence other countries and regions. To help us, we are fortunate to have one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, someone who has years of direct experience in dealing with Russia and with Vladimir Putin himself: Hoover fellow (and soon to be director of the Hoover Institution) Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state and national security director under George W. Bush.

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Condoleezza Rice On COVID, Russia, And Putin

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Condoleezza Ricevia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

This week on GoodFellows, we tackle a very complex geopolitical topic: Russia and the effects the COVID-19 crisis has had on that country’s economy, internal politics, international relations and aspirations, and ability to influence other countries and regions. To help us, we are fortunate to have one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, someone who has years of direct experience in dealing with Russia and with Vladimir Putin himself: Hoover fellow (and soon to be director of the Hoover Institution) Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state and national security director under George W. Bush.

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Condoleezza Rice To Trump: 'Put Tweeting Aside For A Little Bit And Talk To Us'

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The Washington Times
Monday, June 8, 2020

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday that President Trump should focus less of his efforts on tweeting his opinions and spend more time unifying the country and empathizing with the American people.

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Condoleezza Rice On Face The Nation

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Face the Nation (CBS)
Sunday, June 7, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses race, history, inequality, riots, and how we move forward and work together.

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Condoleezza Rice: George Floyd’s ‘Horrific Death Should Be Enough To Finally Move Us To Positive Action’

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Fox News
Friday, June 5, 2020
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in an op-ed Thursday condemned violence but said George Floyd’s “horrific death should be enough to finally move us to positive action.”

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