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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Condoleezza Rice's Advice To Trump: 'Don't Always Try To Be Your Own Best Adviser'

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The Detroit News
Friday, October 4, 2019

During a visit to the University of Michigan on Friday, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered a piece of advice to President Donald Trump. "Mr. President, don't always try to be your own best adviser," Rice said. "That's why you have advisers."

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Democracy And America's Foreign Policy Identity

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Friday, October 4, 2019

A Master Class With Former U.S. Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice, Hosted By John Ciorciari, Director Of The Weiser Diplomacy Center.

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66th Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice To Speak At U-M

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Michigan News
Friday, October 4, 2019

A conversation with Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, moderated by Michael Barr, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She is expected to discuss a number of topics, including her career in public service and the current state of foreign affairs.

To Build a Better World

by Condoleezza Rice, Philip Zelikowvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Two of America's leading scholar-diplomats, Philip Zelikow and Condoleezza Rice, have combed sources in several languages, interviewed leading figures, and drawn on their own firsthand experience to bring to life the choices that molded the contemporary world. Zeroing in on the key moments of decision, the might-have-beens, and the human beings working through them, they explore both what happened and what could have happened, to show how one world ended and another took form. Beginning in the late 1970s and carrying into the present, they focus on the momentous period between 1988 and 1992, when an entire world system changed, states broke apart, and societies were transformed. Such periods have always been accompanied by terrible wars-but not this time.

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Condoleezza Rice To Speak At PSU

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The Morning Sun
Monday, September 30, 2019

Condoleezza Rice, who was secretary of state from January 2005 to 2009 and the second woman, and first African American woman, to serve in that position, will visit Pittsburg Thursday to speak at Pittsburg State University.


Condoleezza Rice: To Build A Better World

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Commonwealth Club
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dr. Rice provides a thoughtful diplomatic analysis of the last 40 years and details the design for a more peaceful and prosperous world. She draws upon her experience and explains the risk, uncertainty and drama of how states were divided and societies were transformed. Dr. Rice was the 66th U.S. secretary of state and the first African-American woman to hold that office. She was also the first woman to serve as national security adviser and was the Soviet and East European affairs adviser during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.


Transcript: Condoleezza Rice On "Face The Nation," September 15, 2019

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Face the Nation (CBS)
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses John Bolton, foreign policy, Russia, employment, automation, trade, education, and much more.


Condoleezza Rice And Philip Zelikow Talk About New Book At UVA

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CBS19
Friday, September 13, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses her new book To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth, as well as her experience in national security.

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Condoleezza Rice, Philip Zelikow Reflect On Cold War, 9/11 And What’s Ahead

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia UVA Today
Thursday, September 12, 2019
One day after the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recalled that day and the immediate aftermath in the White House.
Condoleezza Rice gives the before-dinner remarks titled “US Global Leadership?”
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Condoleezza Rice & Philip Zelikow: To Build A Better World

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia UVA Miller Center
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Condoleezza Rice will visit the University of Virginia on Thursday, September 12. Rice, the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, has a distinguished career in both academia and public service, ranging from her current position at Stanford University to George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor.