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Ambassador Susan Rice

Domestic Policy Advisor (2021-2023), U.S. National Security Advisor (2013-2017), and U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations (2009-2013)

Mon. 5/5, Tues. 5/6, Weds. 5/7, 2025 @ 7:30 PT

Don't miss the exclusive opportunity to see Ambassador Susan E. Rice, former National Security Advisor and Domestic Policy Advisor in the Biden Administration, live at the MPSF Speaker Series. From shaping critical policies on mental health, education, and healthcare to countering hate-fueled violence and advancing racial justice, Rice's insights are unparalleled. Join us for a captivating session with the New York Times best-selling author and distinguished diplomat as she shares her experiences and perspectives on shaping American foreign and domestic policy.

Amb. Susan Rice

Ambassador Susan E. Rice most recently served as Assistant to the President and Domestic Policy Advisor in the Biden Administration. As Director of the Domestic Policy Council from January 2021-May 2023, she drove the formulation and implementation of President Biden’s domestic policy agenda. Rice’s responsibilities in domestic policy spanned a vast array of issues, ranging from health care, mental health, substance use, human services, and veterans affairs to immigration, urban and rural policy, Native Affairs, LGBTQ+ issues, disability policy, racial justice and equity, artificial intelligence and on-line safety and privacy, diversity and inclusion, criminal justice, gun policy, democracy and voting rights, education, hunger and nutrition, housing, homelessness, and combatting hate-fueled violence.  

Rice played a leading role in many critical Biden Administration accomplishments, including: crafting the National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism; devising and implementing the National Mental Health Strategy; making historic investments in child care, public education, Pell Grants, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as other minority-serving institutions; greatly expanding access to affordable healthcare; enacting and implementing the American Rescue Plan Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and gun violence prevention legislation; and embedding equity in the work of the federal government.

Rice served as President Obama’s U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of the cabinet as well as the National Security Advisor from 2009-2017. She is the only person ever to have served as both National Security Advisor and Domestic Policy Advisor.  Rice is also a New York Times best-selling author of Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, a memoir which recalls pivotal moments from her upbringing and dynamic career on the front lines of American foreign policy.  

Rice was recently reappointed to the Board of Directors of Netflix, on which she previously served from 2018-2021. During the Fall of 2023, she is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

From 2017-2021, Rice was a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at American University’s School of International Service, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

Rice was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, and Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping at the National Security Council under President Clinton from 1993-2001.

Ambassador Rice received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and her B.A. with honors in History from Stanford University. A native of Washington, DC, Ambassador Rice is married and has two children.

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