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Biden taps Susan E. Rice to lead White House Domestic Policy Council Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021

U.S. President-elect on Thursday tapped Susan E. Rice, the former National Security Adviser during the Obama administration, to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council, his transition team said in a statement.

Biden also announced the selection of other key members of his administration, including Secretary Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture; Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative.

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Ambassador Susan E. Rice will serve as Domestic Policy Advisor and Director of the Domestic Policy Council and will coordinate the formulation and implementation of President-elect Biden’s domestic policy agenda to build back better, the transition team said.

It wrote that “Rice is among our nation’s most senior and experienced government leaders, bringing unparalleled skill in harnessing the power of the federal government to serve the American people.”

Joe Biden and Susan RiceCorbis/VCG via Getty Images
Joe Biden and Susan RiceCorbis/VCG via Getty Images

Rice served as National Security Advisor from 2013-2017, where she directed and implemented the Obama-Biden Administration’s national security policy in all areas including: global health, climate policy, international trade, development and economic issues, relationships with allies, competition and cooperation with China and Russia, and managing U.S. foreign relations with all regions of the world.

As U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of the Cabinet from 2009-2013, Ambassador Rice won major concessions and sealed important agreements with America’s toughest adversaries and worked to advance U.S. interests and to promote global development, democracy and human rights.

Previously, Rice served President Bill Clinton as 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 from 1993-2001.

This year, she co-chaired DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Re-open DC Advisory Commission during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at American University and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

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.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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