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Dr. Susan Rice's credentials: Susan Rice biography
Born on November 17, 1964, in Washington, D.C
Class valedictorian and president of the student council at the National Cathedral School, a prep academy in Washington, D.C.
Competed in three different sports and became a star point guard on the basketball team.
Graduated from Stanford University -- bachelor's degree in history in 1986; earned Departmental Honors and University Distinction, and became a Harry S. Truman scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Earned a Rhodes scholarship.
Attended University of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England; earned her M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations.
Her dissertation examined Rhodesia's transition from white rule and her paper won the Royal Commonwealth Society's Walter Frewen Lord Prize for outstanding research in the field of Commonwealth History, as well as the Chatham House-British International Studies Association Prize for the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in the United Kingdom in the field of International Relations.
Finished her distinguished academic career in 1990 at age 25.
Worked as an international management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
In 1992, she married her Stanford romantic interest, Ian Cameron, who was working as a television producer in Toronto for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The couple lived in Canada until 1993.
In 1993 took a job director of international organizations and peacekeeping in the National Security Council in Washington, D.C., under President Clinton.
She calls her "most searing experience" a visit to Rwanda during what was later classified as a genocide. "I saw hundreds, if not thousands, of decomposing corpses outside and inside a church...It was the most horrible thing I've ever seen. It makes you mad. It makes you determined. It makes you know that even if you're the last lone voice and you believe you're right, it is worth every bit of energy you can throw into it."
Took new posting as special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs in 1995.
In 1997 took post of assistant secretary for African affairs upon recommendation of her mentor, Madeleine Albright. With this appointment she became at age 33 one of the youngest assistant secretaries of state ever.
In 2002 Rice become a senior fellow in foreign policy for the Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. As a fellow, Rice specialized in research on U.S. foreign policy, weak and failing states, as well as the implications of global poverty and transnational security threats.
Rice took leave from Brookings in 2008, to become the senior foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama during his presidential campaign.
In November of 2008, Rice was nominated to be the U.N. Ambassador for the United States. On January 22, 2009, she was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, making her the first African-American woman to be America’s ambassador to the U.N.
Rice and her husband have two children, and currently reside in Washington, D.C.
Her most important assignment is "Working Mom."