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Crystal Renée Sanders

national security advisor, ambassador, and presidential cabinet member, was born in Washington, DC, the daughter of Emmett Rice, a Cornell University economics professor and the second black governor of the Federal Reserve System, and Lois Dickson Rice, an education scholar. She has one brother, John Rice, who is the founder of Management Leadership for Tomorrow. After her parents divorced when she was ten, Rice's mother married Albert Fitt, an attorney. Rice's introduction to public policy came early in life as her mother's job brought several public officials to the family dinner table, including Madeline Albright, who would become Secretary of State during Bill Clinton's second term as president.

Rice excelled academically, athletically, and socially. She was a three-sport athlete, student council president, and valedictorian of the class of 1982 at the National Cathedral School in Washington DC She worked as a page an intern and a ...