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, Secretary Rice served as the sixty-sixth secretary of state of the United States. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor from January 2001 to 2005. She served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999. From 1989 to March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s NSC staff. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. She's authored and coauthored numerous books, including three bestsellers, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom; No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington; and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. Rice currently serves on the board of Dropbox, C3, and Makena Capital. 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.
Born in Birmingham, AL, Secretary Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Denver, her master’s from the University of Notre Dame, and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is co-chair of the Aspen Strategy Group.