Joe Biden Taps Susan Rice To Head His Domestic Policy Council
The veteran politician will oversee policies related to healthcare, immigration and racial inequality.
December 10, 2020 at 8:44 pm
The Washington D.C. native also held a position in former President Bill Clinton’s cabinet as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, according to American University. Additionally, she serves as the university’s Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the School of International Service.
As a permanent U.S. delegate to the United Nations, Rice played a pivotal role in advancing U.S. interests, defending universal values, strengthening the world's security and prosperity and promoting respect for human rights.
The decorated politician also served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1997 to 2001. She created and implemented U.S. policy towards 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and oversaw 43 U.S. Embassies and more than 5,000 U.S. and Foreign Service national employees.
Rice graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University in 1986, and she also holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Oxford University in philosophy.Biden is also tapping into other former members of the Obama administration, the publication reported.
He has nominated Denis McDonough, former President Obama’s chief of staff, as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The president-elect is scheduled to make the formal announcements on Friday. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) was nominated to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative and Tom Vilsack as the Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack filled that same role during Obama’s two terms.“The roles they will take on are where the rubber meets the road — where competent and crisis-tested governance can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, enhancing the dignity, equity, security, and prosperity of the day-to-day lives of Americans,” Biden said in a statement.