MLT’s Senior Management, Governing Board, and Advisory Board unite some of the strongest thought leaders in business, education, and philanthropy to provide the strategic insight and guidance that informs the direction of the organization and helps to drive the results that MLT is able to deliver for its partners and Rising Leaders.

Governing Board


  • John Rice MLT Founder and CEO
  • David Carlock Machete Group
  • Valentino Carlotti Brown Brothers Harriman
  • Ken Coleman Saama Inc.
  • David deWilde Private Investor
  • Tyler Dickson Citigroup
  • Andy Florance CoStar Group, Inc.
  • Matt Halprin YouTube
  • Christy Haubegger WarnerMedia; Founder of Latina Magazine
  • Marc Jones Aeris Communications
  • Mac LaFollette Graduate Capital
  • John Legend Grammy-Winning Recording Artist
  • Michael Ryan Bullet Point Network
  • Barry L. Williams Williams Pacific Ventures

Advisory Board


  • Joel Alvord Shawmut Capital Partners
  • Colin Campbell Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Joel Fleishman Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University
  • Edward Fox SLM Holdings Corporation (Sallie Mae)
  • Kevin Garnett Former NBA Player
  • Richard Gay Superfly
  • Lloyd Howell Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Jason Kilar WarnerMedia
  • Candace Matthews Amway
  • Donald McHenry Georgetown University
  • David Sze Greylock Partners

Management Team


John Rice, MLT Founder and CEO
20 years of experience with the National Basketball Association, The Walt Disney Company, and AT&T. MLT CEO since 2001. MBA, Harvard Business School; BA, Yale University. Click to Read John’s full bio. Connect with John on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Cristal Baron, Head of Development
Over 20 years of experience in finance, business development, and general management. After 8 years at Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan, Cristal became the CFO and ultimately President of a small investment banking boutique before joining MLT. She earned her MBA from McGill University in Montréal and her Bachelors in Journalism with a Business Minor from Howard University. Connect on LinkedIn


 Daryl Dickson, Vice President of Talent Development
Over 25 years of leadership experience in human capital including executive roles with AlliedSignal, The Quaker Oats Company, and Bausch & Lomb. Daryl earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Masters in Education, and Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan. Connect on LinkedIn


 Shartoyea Scott Dixon, Vice President of Campus Programs
With over 15 years of leadership experience in the technology and education space, Shartoyea is a strategic executive with strengths in operations, people management, process improvement, and data-driven innovation. Prior to MLT, Shartoyea held leadership positions at Kaplan Inc. and Lutron Electronics. Shartoyea holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Shartoyea is an alum of MLT’s MBA Prep Program. Connect on LinkedIn


 Kevin Donahue, Vice President of Capital Growth
Over 10 years of experience with Advisory Board Company, American Express, and MLT. BSBA, University of Pittsburgh. Connect on LinkedIn



Damian Saccocio, Vice President of Technology and Analytics
Over 20 years of experience as a tech strategy leader and innovator in digital media and higher education including leadership roles at America Online, Open Text, and several startups with Course Gateway being his most recent. Damian has long served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business where he has taught Tech Strategy for over a decade and holds a Ph.D. from Rensselaer, a Master’s from MIT, and a BS in Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University. Connect on LinkedIn


Mark Taguchi, Vice President, and West Coast Managing Director
Over 20 years in executive and senior management roles in technology at Silicon Graphics, Openwave Systems, Marketocracy, and Alchiba. BS, Stanford University and MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business. Connect on LinkedIn


Tina Gilbert, Managing Director of Advisory Services
Tina is responsible for the delivery of client services and the development of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion leading practices, and insights.  She brings 10 years of DEI Leadership (4 years global), 15 years of Strategic Consulting, and 25 years of corporate experience across different industries to this role. Throughout her career, she has led efforts to transform organizations’ operating models, business processes, and employee culture to create measurable impact. Connect on LinkedIn


Bill Gildea, Chief Partnerships Officer
Over 15 years of experience as CEO, COO, and CFO for public, mid-stage private, and start-up software companies. Bill also has previous experience as a sell-side financial analyst and attorney. William & Mary (B.A.), University of North Carolina (MBA), Catholic University of America (J.D.). Connect on LinkedIn


Wil Priester, Chief Financial Officer
More than 25 years of dynamic financial management experience at nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Wil spent the last 10 years leading financial strategy & operations for Arabella, a professional services firm that provides customizable services to clients in the philanthropic sector, including institutional & family foundations and non-profit organizations. He has an MBA from Georgetown and a bachelor’s from the University of Virginia. Connect on Linkedin