Condoleezza Rice

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

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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This Moment Cries Out For Us To Confront Race In America

by Condoleezza Ricevia The Washington Post
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Words cannot dull the pain of George Floyd’s family. Like many black families before them, they find themselves in the spotlight for reasons that every parent, sibling and spouse dreads. While his death has catalyzed a symbolic call to action, he was not a symbol to his loved ones — he was a father, brother and son. I can only pray that they find the “peace that passes understanding.”

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Looking Back: Condoleezza Rice Offers Hope At Outset Of Pandemic

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Los Altos Online
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Condoleezza Rice is no stranger to turning toward hope in a time of fear.


Condoleezza Rice, Philip Zelikow Reflect On Cold War In Virtual Discussion

interview with Condoleezza Rice, Philip Zelikow, Elizabeth Cobbsvia Texas A&M University
Friday, May 29, 2020

Hoover Institution fellows Condoleezza Rice, and Philip Zelikow discuss their latest book, To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth, with Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Cobbs.

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Global Hot Spots With Condoleezza Rice

by Condoleezza Ricevia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The liberal international order established after World War II is facing new challenges. Condoleezza Rice discusses modern threats to the international system and how policy makers are responding.

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Why Stanford: To The Contrarians Of 2024

mentioning Hoover Institution, Victor Davis Hanson, General Jim Mattis, H. R. McMaster, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Condoleezza Ricevia Stanford Review
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We were all ProFros once: excited and more than a little anxious about what Stanford would bring. But high school seniors today are in a more bizarre predicament, as they sort-of-graduate, not-quite visit campuses, and choose a university for the to-be-determined Fall.

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U.S. Must Reject China's Narrative Shifting On Pandemic, Condi Rice Says: 'Don't Let It Happen'

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The Washington Times
Friday, April 17, 2020

Condoleezza Rice says the U.S. must unequivocally reject China’s attempt to “shift the narrative” on the coronavirus pandemic away from its botched response and silencing of physicians.

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Condoleezza Rice: China Wants To Shift The Narrative On COVID-19, Don't Let Them

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Hoover Institution Fellow Condoleezza Rice speaks with Hoover's Tom Gilligan about the "reckoning" the Chinese Communist Party is likely to face over its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak and both the public and private conversations U.S. officials should have with them.

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Condoleezza Rice: COVID-19 and National Security

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, April 14, 2020


Recorded April 14, 2020, 11AM PST Hoover Institution Fellow and Director Designee Condoleezza Rice on COVID-19 and National Security.

Condoleezza Rice: COVID-19 and National Security

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Condoleezza Rice: COVID-19 and National Security 
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.


#WeKeepPlaying: Backyard Golf Keeps Condoleezza Rice Happy While Quarantined

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Yahoo Sports
Saturday, April 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses how sports are still an important part of her life, even while quarantined, and explains how the lessons learned in sports have helped her succeed in many aspects of her life.