Albright, 75, was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the first-ever female Secretary of State and, at the time, was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.
She will begin her tour of the Bay Area at a 7 p.m. event at Dominican University in San Rafael, followed by two events hosted by the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and Palo Alto on Friday.
Albright will discuss her 2012 book "Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War," an autobiography about her family's struggles to survive during World War II and the fate of her native Czechoslovakia under Nazi rule.
Albright's San Francisco appearance is scheduled for noon Friday at the Fairmont Hotel. She will also appear at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto at 7 p.m. The Palo Alto event is sold out.
More information about Albright's appearances can be found on the Commonwealth Club's website at www.commonwealthclub.org.