E. John Rice Jr. ’88 B.A.
E. John Rice Jr. is the founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a national non-profit organization that equips under-represented minorities with the skills, coaching and relationships to become leaders in corporations, entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofits. After graduating from Yale with a degree in Latin American Studies, Mr. Rice went on to receive his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1992. Following Harvard, he worked with the Walt Disney Company in new business development and then joined the National Basketball Association from 1996 to 2000, first in Latin America as director of marketing and then in Tokyo as managing director of NBA Japan. While studying at Harvard, Mr. Rice wrote the business plan for what was to become MLT. In 1994 he launched a mentoring program for minority undergraduates. In 2000 he resigned from the NBA to devote himself entirely to MLT, which began with fifty participants in 2002; today its three programs serve over 3000 students and professionals nationwide focusing on key transition points in a young person’s life: college to early career, early career to MBA and mid-career to senior leadership. He is the lead independent director of Walker & Dunlop, one the nation’s leading providers of real estate financial services, and is a co-founder and director of CareerCore, an early stage technology company. He serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke University’s Terry Sanford Public Policy School and in 2010, Mr. Rice was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He serves on a number of non-profit boards including LIFT, a leading poverty alleviation organization, and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights. Mr. Rice is a former member of the Yale University Council and was elected Alumni Fellow in 2011.