Condoleezza Rice

Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow
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Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of political science at Stanford University.  She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

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 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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The future of a democratic Egypt

by Condoleezza Ricevia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

As I watched Hosni Mubarak address the Egyptian people last week, I thought to myself, "It didn't have to be this way."

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Rice-Shultz ROTC Letter

by Condoleezza Rice, George P. Shultzvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, February 3, 2011

We are honored to join our colleagues, former Secretary of Defense William Perry and History Professor David Kennedy, in supporting the return of the U.S. military’s ROTC programs to Stanford...

Rice-Shultz ROTC Letter

by Condoleezza Ricevia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, February 3, 2011

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By Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz

January 27, 2011

Professor Ewart A.C. Thomas

Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on ROTC

New Start: Ratify, With Caveats

by Condoleezza Ricevia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

When U.S. President Bush and Russian President Putin signed the Moscow Treaty in 2002, they addressed the nuclear threat by reducing offensive weapons, as their predecessors had. But the Moscow Treaty was different.

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New Start: Ratify, With Caveats

by Condoleezza Ricevia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The treaty helpfully reinstates on-site verification of Russian nuclear forces, but senators should make it clear to Moscow that they don't see it as limiting U.S. missile defenses...

An ‘Extraordinary’ memoir: Becoming Condoleezza Rice

by Condoleezza Ricevia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

By Marco R. della Cava, USA TODAY

PALO ALTO, Calif. — This can't be the right place.

Why I Love the WNBA

by Condoleezza Ricevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Great female athletes deserve their chance to shine even after
college.

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Why I Love the WNBA

by Condoleezza Ricevia Daily Beast
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Condoleezza Rice writes about why she’ll be cheering the WNBA season that starts Saturday—and her basketball career that got away...

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