Our Principals

Dr. Condoleezza Rice


Condoleezza Rice

From 2005 to 2009, Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State. As Americaís chief diplomat, she focused on engaging U.S. partners around the world to promote stability, good-governance, and democracy. From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Rice served as National Security Advisor.

Dr. Rice joined the faculty of Stanford University as a professor of Political Science in 1981. From 1989 to 1991, she served first as Director and then Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs to President George H.W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification. She returned to Stanford in 1991 and for six years served as Provost, the institutionís chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students.

Dr. Rice has served as a director on the boards of the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard, as well as a member of the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan. She was a founding board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California.

In addition to her work with RiceHadleyGates, Dr. Rice is a professor of Political Economy in the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Rice currently serves on the board of KiOR, a renewable fuels company; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private equity firm. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010).

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Rice earned her bachelorís degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her masterís from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded ten honorary doctorates.


Stephen J. Hadley


Stephen J. Hadley

Stephen Hadley served as the National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Hadley served as Deputy National Security Advisor. In addition to covering the full range of national security issues, he had special responsibilities in several areas including a U.S./Russia political dialogue, the Israeli disengagement from Gaza, and developing a strategic relationship with India.

From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Hadley was both a principal in The Scowcroft Group (a strategic consulting firm headed by former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft) and partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner (now part of Goodwin Proctor). In his consulting practice, he represented U.S. corporate clients investing and doing business overseas, including in China, the United Arab Emirates, and Western and Eastern Europe. At Shea & Gardner, he represented U.S. corporate clients in transactional and international mattersóincluding export controls, foreign investment in U.S. national security companies, and the national security responsibilities of U.S. information technology companies. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Hadley served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy for President George H.W. Bush, and from 1974 to 1977 he served on the National Security Council staff of President Gerald R. Ford.

Mr. Hadley remains engaged on U.S. national security policy, currently serving on the State Departmentís Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He is also a Director of the Atlantic Council, serving on its Executive Committee and is a member of the Board of Managers of the Johns Hopkins Universityís Applied Physics Laboratory, Chairman of RANDís Center for Middle East Public Policy Advisory Board, and a member of Yale Universityís Kissinger Papers Advisory Board. He previously held positions as co-chair of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, a member of the Department of Defense Policy Board, and a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Mr. Hadley also serves as Senior Advisor on International Affairs to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). In this capacity, Mr. Hadley has co-chaired a series of senior bipartisan working groups on topics ranging from Arab-Israeli peace to U.S. political strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan to U.S./Turkey relations. He also contributes to the Instituteís programs in the Middle East and Asia.

Mr. Hadley graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1969. In 1972, he received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was Note and Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.


Dr. Robert Gates

Robert Gates

Robert Gates served as Secretary of Defense to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama from 2006 to 2011. He is the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected President.

Dr. Gates began his career in public service as an officer in the United States Air Force. He worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for a number of years before being appointed Director of the Agency by President George H.W. Bush in 1991. He was a member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations and served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Bush from 1989 to 1991.

In 1996, Dr. Gates published the memoir, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War. Dr. Gates was a member of the Iraq Study Group, led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, in 2006.

In addition to his government service, Dr. Gates has a distinguished record in academia and the private sector. He is Chancellor of the College of William and Mary. Formerly, he served as Dean of The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001, and as President of Texas A&M University from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Gates also served on the board of directors of the Association of Landgrant and Public Universities, and on the executive board of the American Council on Education.

Dr. Gates was chairman of the independent trustees of the Fidelity Funds, the nation's largest mutual fund company, and served as a member of a number of corporate boards prior to returning to Washington, DC in 2006.

Dr. Gates graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1965, and in 1966 he earned a masterís degree in history from Indiana University. In 1974, he completed his Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet History at Georgetown University.


Anja Manuel

Anja Manuel

From 2005 to 2007, Anja Manuel served as Special Assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, Ms. Manuel had responsibility for South and Central Asia Policy, Congressional outreach, and legal matters. She was part of the negotiating team for the U.S.-India civilian nuclear accord; helped to secure passage of the accord in the U.S. Congress, and was extensively involved in developing U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

From 2001 to 2005, and from 2007 to 2009, Ms. Manuel was an attorney at the international law firm of WilmerHale, where she specialized in international litigation and arbitration, anti-corruption matters, and Congressional investigations. In her legal practice, Ms. Manuel advised clients on matters in China, India, Latin America, and Africa; participated in international arbitrations in Colombia and Poland; and worked on matters of public policy interest, including representing Senators McCain and Feingold in their defense of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act before the Supreme Court and representing the German Economy Foundation Initiative in its efforts to set up a Foundation to compensate forced labor victims of World War II.

Ms. Manuel started her career in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers, working on German and Eastern European mergers and privatizations.

In addition to her work with RiceHadleyGates, Ms. Manuel is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and teaches in Stanfordís International Policy Studies program. She is a member of the Aspen India Strategy Group; a member of the board of advisors of the Center for a New American Security; and serves on the board of the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative. She also sits on the board of Zipcourt, Inc.

Ms. Manuel graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and holds both an M.A. and B.A. with distinction from Stanford University.

Our Associates



Kia Ghorashi

Kia Ghorashiís areas of expertise include the Middle East and South Asia.

Mr. Ghorashi joined RiceHadleyGates in 2011 and previously held positions at the Hoover Institution, the U.S. Department of State, and a strategy consulting firm. Much of his professional experience has centered on issues of nuclear proliferation, counter-terrorism, and international trade and finance.

Mr. Ghorashi holds a masterís degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia.



Justine Isola

Justine Isolaís areas of focus include Asia and Africa and topics such as Indiaís domestic economic reforms; U.S. security policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan; and global Internet freedom and cyber-security.

Ms. Isola joined RiceHadleyGates in 2011. Previously, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, India, where she researched Indiaís nuclear policy and U.S. relations. From 2005 to 2009, she was on the staff of The Atlantic magazine in Washington, DC, most recently as an associate editor. Her focuses as a writer and editor included religious conflict, civil-military relations, and U.S. foreign policy.

Ms. Isola holds a masterís degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University and received her B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University.