Rhonda Joy McLean

Deputy General Counsel, Time Inc.

Rhonda Joy McLean is deputy general counsel of Time Inc., a global multi- enterprise that produces many well-known brands, including Time, PEOPLE, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Money, Real Simple, Southern Living and Essence, among others.  Before joining Time, she was the assistant regional director of the Northeast Region of the Federal Trade Commission.  She manages one third of the Time Inc. Law Department and advises over 200 clients on domestic and international advertising and data security protocols, across omni-channel platforms.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and has served as chair of the Yale Law School Alumni Association.  

Before attending Yale, Rhonda received her M. S. degree from N.C. A&T State University and B. A. degree from Aurora University.  She furthered her studies at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. Currently, Rhonda sits on the board of directors of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York, where she serves as chair of the nominating and compensation committees.  She assumed these posts after serving two terms as chair of that board. In February, 2017, Rhonda was elected as a trustee to the board of Union Theological Seminary in New York.


She recently joined the Yale Alumni Fund Board.  Rhonda Is also serving her second two-year term as president of the Greater New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, an international community service organization for professional women of African descent. In 2017, Best Lawyers Magazine named Rhonda one of its inaugural “Women of Influence in the Legal Profession” and featured her in its Spring issue.  In October, 2016, Rhonda delivered the keynote address at the John E. Baker Legacy Dinner in Charlottesville, Virginia to support the African American Teaching Fellows Program, co-founded by her beloved aunt, Dr. Eva Marie Coles Baker and her husband, the late Col. John E. Baker and their colleagues.  Also in 2016, she was a featured speaker at the 12th Annual Career Strategies


Conference of the Corporate Counsel Women of Color in Las Vegas, which was attended by over 1,000 attorneys from around the world.  In 2015, Rhonda was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Saint Joseph for her decades of work mentoring hundreds of potential and actual law students and attorneys across all age groups, genders and ethnicities.  Also in 2015, Savoy Magazine listed her as one of the “Most Influential Black Attorneys in the United States.”    Rhonda was born in Chicago, IL and reared in Smithfield, NC and Buffalo, NY.  A classically trained pianist and mezzo-soprano, she resides in New York City with her husband Bill.

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