At a Glance
- Career History:
U.S. Ambassador and Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, United States Mission to the United Nations (April 2010 to December 2010); Chief of Staff and counselor to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Susan E. Rice
(March 2009 to April 2010); Chief National Security Spokesperson and Policy Advisor, Obama-Biden transition team (2008); Vice president for communications, Nuclear Threat Initiative (2001 to 2008);
, Director, Office of Public Affairs; Senior Director for Communications and Special Assistant for National Security Affairs,
National Security Council
; Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. David Skaggs (D-Colo.)
- Alma Mater: Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., 1986
Path to Power
Anderson comes from the original Hollywood power couple - she is the granddaughter of Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer. Her father is Richard Anderson, a respected character actor many of us remember as Oscar Goldman from "The Six Million Dollar Man" ("We can do it. We can make you better.")
Anderson attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1986.
A foreign-policy expert, Anderson has more than two decades of experience in public policy, both in government and in the private sector. As she climbed the Washington ladder, Anderson developed an expertise in communications and has headed public affairs shops at the National Security Council, the Energy Department as well as at the non-profit Nuclear Threat Initiative.
Anderson spent nearly a decade as the head of communications for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the non-profit founded by media mogul Ted Turner and former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) aimed at reducing the threat from nuclear, as well as biological and chemical weapons.
Anderson worked at the Nuclear Threat Initiative with Margaret A. Hamburg, who now heads the Obama Food and Drug Administration.
Anderson and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel are both alumni of Sarah Lawrence College. He graduated in 1981, she in 1986.
While working at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Anderson donated to Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential bid, and to Tom Strickland (D-Colo.) during his 2002 Senate run, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.