Ms. Manuel is Co-Founder and Partner along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm. The firm assists CEOs and senior executives at major companies – many of them in Silicon Valley – to expand their businesses and meet regulatory challenges in key international markets including China, Europe, India, Russia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Ms. Manuel is also a Lecturer in the International Policy Studies Program at Stanford University where she designed and teaches a course on US Foreign Policy in Asia.
From 2005 to 2007, she 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 Asia Policy, all 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 late 2007 to 2009, Ms. Manuel was an attorney at the law firm of WilmerHale, where she specialized in international litigation and arbitration, anti- corruption matters, and Congressional investigations, including in China, India, Germany, and Latin America. She also worked on First Amendment issues before the U.S. Supreme Court, by representing Senators McCain and Feingold in their defense of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act. She represented 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. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and holds a B.A. and M.A. degree with distinction from Stanford University.
Ms. Manuel is a member of the Aspen India Strategy Group, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Lloyd Cutler Center for the Rule of Law at the Salzburg Global Seminar, Ripple, Inc. and Flexport, Inc. Governor Brown nominated her to serve on the California Advisory Council on International Trade and Investment. She is also a Board Director for Internews, a non-profit that trains independent journalists in post-conflict countries and keeps dissidents safe online. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Center for a New American Security, a non-partisan think tank, and the non-profit Developments in Literacy, which promotes girls’ education in Pakistan.
Ms. Manuel is a frequent commentator on TV and radio, and an op-ed contributor on U.S. foreign policy towards Asia and the Middle East (BBC News, Fox Business, NPR, BBC, AlJazeera, Fortune, Reuters, New York Times.com, Foreign Affairs, Daily Beast, etc.). Simon & Schuster published her new book May of 2016 This Brave New World: India, China and the United States. She is fluent in German (holds U.S. and EU citizenship) and conversant in Spanish.