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Emmett John Rice, Jr., ’88 B.A., M.B.A.


E. John Rice, Jr. is the founder and chief executive officer of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a national nonprofit organization that equips underrepresented minorities with skills, coaching, and relationships required to become high-impact leaders in corporations, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Emmett John Rice, Jr., '88 B.A., M.B.A.

Serving more than eight thousand students and professionals nationwide, MLT is a leading source of minority talent at its blue-chip partner companies including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citi, and Target, as well as at the nation’s top M.B.A. programs. Mr. Rice has been featured on CNN and on the cover of Fortune, and was named one of Forbes’s top thirty social entrepreneurs in the world. Prior to founding MLT, Mr. Rice was an executive with the National Basketball Association, where he served as managing director of NBA Japan and as director of marketing for Latin America. Before joining the NBA, Mr. Rice spent four years with the Walt Disney Company in new business development and marketing. He is a director of Walker & Dunlop, an NYSE-traded real estate finance company; was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans and to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the venture philanthropy fund New Profit. Mr. Rice received his B.A. in Latin American studies, with honors, from Yale, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. A former member of the University Council, he was elected an alumni fellow in 2011 and appointed a successor trustee in 2017.

Resides in Bethesda, Maryland