Hailing from Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, Ricki Dean has always had a passion for sports. After graduating with honors from Central High School of Philadelphia, Ricki honed her talents and passion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) where she double-majored in Exercise and Sport Science: Sport Administration and Sociology, with a minor in Spanish in the Professions. It was there, at UNC, where she first discovered she could combine her love of sports with marketing, branding and management. As a manager for the women's basketball team, Ricki groomed the business savvy required to succeed in the sports industry. Upon graduation from UNC in 2011, Ricki decided to further her education at Georgetown University by earning her Masters of Professional Studies in Sport Industry Management in 2012. While studying at Georgetown, she held internships at both the NFL Players Association and the NBA’s Washington Wizards. These experiences laid a solid foundation for her career and led her to pursue a full-time career in sports management and player development. Ricki began at the National Basketball Players Association, the Union for active NBA players, in 2015. Under the tutelage of the “Godmother of the NBA,” Chrysa Chin, Ricki is putting to use her experience in player engagement, marketing and strategy working on numerous projects and events for the Union, notably managing the ICONic Program, a transitional program for members drafted under the age of 21.