Emmett John Rice, Jr., '88 B.A., M.B.A.
E. John Rice Jr. is the founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a nonprofit organization that equips underrepresented minorities with skills, coaching, and relationships needed to become leaders in the corporate, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial sectors.
After graduating from Yale with a degree in Latin American studies, Mr. Rice earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He worked with the Walt Disney Company in new business development and then joined the National Basketball Association (NBA), first in Latin America as director of marketing and then in Tokyo as managing director of NBA Japan. While studying at Harvard, Mr. Rice had written the business plan for what was to become MLT, and in 1994 he launched a mentoring program for minority undergraduates. Six years later he resigned from the NBA to devote himself entirely to MLT, which began with fifty participants in 2002; today its programs serve more than 4,000 students and professionals nationwide. Mr. Rice is a director and Compensation Committee chair of Walker & Dunlop and is a cofounder and director of CareerCore, an early-stage technology company. He was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans and has served as a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities since 2010. He also serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including LIFT, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the American Management Association, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. A former member of the University Council, Mr. Rice was elected Alumni Fellow in 2011.