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 Shares The Beautiful Advice She Would Give Her 8-Year-Old Self

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Thursday, June 20, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses her upbringing how her parents instilled confidence in her and the touching advice she would give to her 8-year-old self.
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Condoleezza Rice On Race, Female Leadership And Mueller Report

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Today
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses politics, immigration, race relations, leadership, and much more.
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Condoleezza Rice Says If You Are Prepared, People Will Accept Women As Leaders

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Star Tribune
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

When Condoleezza Rice entered the top tier of government in 1989 as a national security adviser, she said she still often received stares as if she had just walked into the wrong meeting.


Former Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice On Huawei And Security Risks

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CNBC
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses Huawei and the serious problem of intellectual property theft with China.


Condoleezza Rice: China Hurt Itself By Saying It Wanted To Dominate The Tech World

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CNBC
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses immigration, trade, closed markets, and cyber-security issues that the US and world have with China. Rices notes that a trade agreement between the US and China, will help not only the US and China, but economies worldwide.

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Former US Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice To Speak At Purdue

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Purdue University
Monday, June 17, 2019

Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. secretary of state, will speak Oct. 9 at Purdue. Rice will speak as part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Series as part of the 150th anniversary celebration. The sesquicentennial celebration draws inspiration from Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon, and the celebration will conclude with an astronaut reunion at Homecoming.

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‘Know Your Facts’: A Conversation With Condoleezza Rice

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Student Life
Sunday, April 21, 2019

To former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, facts are always of the utmost importance, especially when discussing foreign policy. Throughout her career in government and academia, Rice has dedicated herself to building this knowledge.

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Rice Warns Of “Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse” In DSS Finale

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia University of Buffalo
Friday, April 19, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice delivered an analysis of the world’s political landscape. Rice said that the international order, forged by the aftermath of World War II, is being challenged heavily.
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U.S. Democracy And Foreign Policy Since 1919

mentioning Condoleezza Rice, Niall Ferguson, Stephen D. Krasnervia CSPAN
Monday, April 15, 2019

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins Hoover Institution senior fellows Stephen Krasner and Niall Ferguson in a conversation analyzing the changing role of U.S. democracy in foreign policy over the past hundred years.

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Stanford Think Tank Marks Centennial By Exploring 'A Century Of Ideas'

featuring Niall Ferguson, Stephen D. Krasner, Condoleezza Rice, Hoover Institutionvia Palo Alto Online
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

In honor of its centennial anniversary, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on Tuesday launched a yearlong speaker series that will look at how history from the past 100 years can help inform current public policies.