Emmett John Rice, Jr., ’88 B.A., M.B.A.
John Rice is CEO and founder of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a national nonprofit organization that equips underrepresented minority college students and professionals with skills, coaching, and relationships required to become leaders in corporations, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial ventures. MLT serves over 1,000 fellows annually and partners with 100 leading employers to strengthen their diverse leadership pipelines.
At Yale, Rice founded a mentoring program for teenage fathers at Hillhouse High School in New Haven and was a three-year starter on the men’s basketball team. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1992, after which he worked at The Walt Disney Company. He then joined the National Basketball Association, initially focused on building the NBA’s brand in Latin America and later as managing director of NBA Japan based in Tokyo.
He is a director of Walker & Dunlop, an NYSE real-estate finance company, and serves on several non-profit boards including the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and venture philanthropy fund New Profit. He was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
Rice was elected alumni fellow in 2011 and is a former member of the University Council.