30. Milton Little Jr.

Milton Little Jr.
Illustration by Alex Fine

Focus Nonprofit
Age 61
The United Way of Metropolitan Greater Atlanta’s president doesn’t just control the purse strings for the behemoth nonprofit’s local chapter. He also determines how its more than $100 million in annual revenue gets divvied up among 200 philanthropic organizations in more than a dozen metro-area counties. Little has been a key figure in addressing homelessness issues in Atlanta—including his work on the Regional Commission on Homelessness—since taking the job eight years ago. For his efforts, Little remains among the highest-paid nonprofit officials in the region, earning nearly $450,000 in 2013.

Morehouse man Little cites the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who attended his alma mater, as a role model. “He’s a reminder of the power that comes from purpose and conviction,” Little says.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.