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Ambassador to the United Nations - Susan Rice (Announced)
12.1.08, 03:08 PM CST
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‹‹ Secretary of Commerce - Bill Richardson (Unofficial) National Security Advisor - General James Jones (Announced) ››

Susan Rice, 44, formerly a senior foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, was selected by the President-Elect to be his ambassador to the United Nations. In announcing his pick, President-elect Obama stated he is restoring cabinet-level rank to the position, giving Ms. Rice additional influence within the administration.

If Ms. Rice is confirmed, she will be the second youngest ever ambassador to the UN.

Ms. Rice received a doctorate in international relations at Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She worked as a foreign policy aide to Michael Dukakis during his failed run for the Presidency in 1988 and worked at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in the early 1990s.

At the age of 32, Ms. Rice became President Clinton’s assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, having served as one of Clinton’s National Security Council staff. While at the State Department, Ms. Rice played a significant role in responding to the 1998 bombing of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Secretary of State Madeline Albright is a longtime friend and mentor of Ms. Rice’s who had recommended her to Clinton.

Before Obama's Presidential campaign, where she also served on the advisory board of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, Ms. Rice held the position of Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution.


‹‹ Secretary of Commerce - Bill Richardson (Unofficial) National Security Advisor - General James Jones (Announced) ››