Our Leadership

William Fisher

Vice Chairman, Rice Financial Products Company

Will Fisher joined Rice Financial 16 years ago. Since 2009, he has served as CEO of Rice Capital Access Program, LLC, a division of the firm providing direct loans to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Fisher has more than 30 years of investment banking experience. In addition to his role completing HBCU loans, he provides investment banking services to clients throughout the southeastern United States and to education clients nationwide. Issuers he has served as senior managing underwriter include the City of Atlanta (GA), the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority, Hinds County (MS), Jackson Public Schools (MS), Morgan State University (MD), Morehouse College (GA), Tuskegee University (AL), Howard University (DC) and Hampton University (VA). He has also provided financial advisory services to the Atlanta Botanical Garden (GA), Jackson State University (MS), Grambling State University (LA) and the University Financing Foundation (a Georgia Tech related entity).

Mr. Fisher currently leads the firm’s engagement as the Designated Bonding Authority for the U.S. Department of Education HBCU Capital Financing Program, providing loan origination and servicing services to a billion dollar portfolio. Since September 2009, he has closed more than 50 loans through the Program totaling $2.3 billion.

In an earlier role as Interim Executive Director of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority, Mr. Fisher was responsible for ongoing maintenance, renovation and upkeep of Turner Field Stadium, Philips Arena, the Atlanta Zoo and the John A. White Park. Other previous positions include serving as an advisor in the higher education practice at Public Financial Management (PFM) and a manager at M. R. Beal & Company.

Mr. Fisher  received his JD from Emory University School of Law and holds a BBA from Howard University. He currently serves on the boards for Jarvis Christian College, TX (Vice Chairman); Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Foundation, MD (Trustee); and American Opportunity Foundation, an affordable housing not-for-profit (Trustee). Mr. Fisher is on the active roster of arbitrators for FINRA. His FINRA registrations include Series 7, 50, 53 and 63.

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