About Rick Rice

Rick Rice answering questions at press conference

Corporate & Crisis Communications Experience

Recognized for his crisis communications expertise, Rick has helped build, protect, and repair reputations during bankruptcies and restructurings, downsizings, earnings surprises, environmental emergencies, felony convictions, IPOs, labor negotiations and work stoppages, litigations, management transitions, mergers and acquisitions, product recalls and tampering, proxy fights and more.


Previously he was president of GCI Group, San Francisco, and managing director of the firm’s Americas corporate communications practice. Rick also worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in several executive roles: senior vice president and general manager for Northern California; deputy director of the global technology practice; and, national director of special situations, where he oversaw the firm’s financial relations practice. His early career experience included managing corporate communications functions for several energy firms, including a Fortune 500 oil field services company.


A former board member of the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rick has also donated his time as a guest speaker and instructor for the United States Air Force, University of California San Francisco, H+K Strategies College, PRSA Counselors Academy and chapter meetings, National Investor Relations Institute, and various business networking groups.


Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from Boston University, he is an active mentor to people in the areas of communications and leadership.


Rick’s interests away from work include cooking, fly-fishing, football and hockey.

Rick Rice


A partial list of the dozens of organizations Rick has worked with:


  • Armanasco Public Relations
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
  • Blue Shield of California
  • California State Parks Foundation
  • Catholic Healthcare West
  • Cayman Islands Financial Authority
  • Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles
  • Chef Software
  • Compass Bancshares
  • Daughters of Charity Health System
  • Dell
  • Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
  • Gateway Computers


  • Greater Bay Area Make A Wish Foundation
  • Greenpoint Financial
  • O’Brien Creative Industries
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
  • Sharper Image
  • Sony PlayStation
  • Starbucks
  • Sutter Health
  • TWA
  • U.S. Aviation Underwriters
  • Union Pacific
  • Verity Health System
  • Vungle
  • Waitt Foundation
  • Waitt Institute for Discovery
  • Walden House
  • Webcor
  • Wired Ventures
  • Yahoo!

Instructor and Guest Speaker Experience

  • Hill & Knowlton College
  • National Investor Relations Institute
  • PRSA Counselor’s Academy
  • PRSA New Mexico
  • Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
  • U.S. Air Force Space Command
  • U.S. Strategic Command
  • University of California San Francisco