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Marc T. Little

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Marc T. Little

Founding Shareholder

More than 30 years ago, Marc Little said “yes” to life although a gunshot wound to his right leg tried to prove otherwise. After the amputation of his right leg, he beat the odds and lived. Now through his work as a lawyer, author, and community builder, he teaches others how to say “yes” to life and uses a myriad of professional experiences to “Do well while being good”.

Litigation and Consulting Services

Little is a Founding Shareholder of GriggsLittle APC, a Los Angeles-based law firm specializing in employment law, business litigation, entertainment transactions, and faith-based community development advisory services. Little has been a licensed attorney in the State of California since 1994.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California.

With over 15 years of management experience and earned relational capital, Little invested years building both the Los Angeles and Inglewood communities in the areas of business and economic development, civic engagement, policy and education. He is a published author and has taken an active role in the Sanctity of Human Life community.  These accomplishments are highlighted below and are complimented by his 25 years of service as an independent director.

Business Development

From December 2000 to April 2012, as chief operating officer and general counsel, Little, on behalf of The Forum Enterprises, Inc., operated the Forum in Inglewood, California (former home of the Los Angeles Lakers) and employed over 500 staff, union laborers, and contractors on event nights.  The Forum Enterprises, Inc. preserved the iconic building scheduled for demolition.  Little later led his team of professionals in the sale of the Fabulous Forum to New York’s Madison Square Garden.  The sale resulted in a $120 million direct investment in Inglewood.  Madison Square Garden renovated the Forum, created hundreds of part-time and full-time jobs and retained the Inglewood icon as an entertainment venue for another generation.  This sale ushered in the return of the National Football League, the Rams and the Chargers to the Los Angeles basin.

Economic Development

Little is the former chief executive officer of Champions for Progress, Inc., a non-profit economic development corporation and affiliate of Faithful Central Bible Church, serving low-to-moderate income families through real estate development, financial literacy, mental health and social services.  Champions for Progress, Inc. successfully partnered with local lenders, nonprofits, the SBA, the city of Inglewood and local developers to accomplish its services which include 147 units of affordable housing in Inglewood and 124 units of senior housing in Los Angeles.

Government Affairs and Civic Engagement

For 16 years, Little led the Political Action Ministry (“PAM”) of Faithful Central Bible Church, Inglewood, California.  He also co-founded the Interdenominational Action Network (“IAN”) which included West Angeles Church of God in Christ, City of Refuge, Crenshaw Christian Center, Holman United Methodist Church and Citizens of Zion to sharing best practices around faith-based advocacy, and how to operate with current IRS Code restrictions on churches, including efforts to support or oppose state legislation related to religious liberty; the IAN is also focusing on human sex trafficking faith coalitions.  The IAN represents over 100,000 congregants throughout Southern California. Over the years, Little also participated with other associations across the nation, like Church United, Watchmen on the Wall, and California Family Council, to educate and inspire lead pastors to become civically engaged.

As a result of his political relationships, Little received several mayoral appointments to commission posts.  Little was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as chair of the Commission on Community and Family Services, a commission focused on creating pathways out of poverty and into self-sufficiency for children, youth and families. The commission’s primary role was to advise the mayor and city council on the allocation of approximately $60 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

As a result of his political relationships, Little received several mayoral appointments to commission posts.  Little was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as chair of the Commission on Community and Family Services, a commission focused on creating pathways out of poverty and into self-sufficiency for children, youth and families. The commission’s primary role was to advise the mayor and city council on the allocation of approximately $60 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Little also serves as the vice-chair of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (C.U.R.E.) located in Washington, DC and founded by Star Parker.  CURE’s Mission is to fight poverty and restore dignity through the message of faith, freedom and personal responsibility. CURE accomplishes its Mission by work in the media, and Capitol Hill, and in poor communities, to promote social policy that protects unborn life and market-based public policy that transitions poor Americans from government dependency to economic independence.

Education

Little values education and spends a lot of his time ensuring educational opportunities for all students.  A portion of his time is spent at STEM Preparatory Academy a public charter elementary, middle and high school in Los Angeles where he is a founding board member and current Board chair.  STEM Preparatory Academy prepares students to succeed in college.  Little currently sits on charter school, school district and private school boards. Little’s service in education began on the board of Savannah College of Art & Design, the largest art and design college in the world with two offshore campuses.

Little was appointed to the Measure GG Oversight Committee in 2015 for the Inglewood Unified School District. The committee oversees $90 million in bond funding,

Independent Director

Little has 25+ years of independent director experience.  For-profit board experience includes:

  • News Corporation (Fox) Diversity Committee (Member, Los Angeles, California),
  • The Forum Enterprises, Inc. (Director, Inglewood, California),
  • Centinela Hospital Medical Center (Director, Inglewood, California).

He has also been an active member of the non-profit corporate board community. These boards include:

  • Center for Urban Renewal and Education (C.U.R.E.) (Vice Chair, Washington, DC),
  • Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce (Chair, Inglewood, California),
  • South Bay Workforce Investment Board (Director, Inglewood, California),
  • Partners for Progress (President, Inglewood, California),
  • Champions for Progress, Inc. (Director, Inglewood, California),
  • The Ulmer Institute (Chair, Los Angeles),
  • Faithful Central Bible Church (Elder, Inglewood, California),
  • Fellowship Monrovia (Elder, Monrovia, California),
  • Kingdom Global Ministries (Director, Dallas, Texas),
  • STEM Preparatory Academy (Chairman, Los Angeles, California),
  • Claris Health (Trustee, Inglewood, California)
  • Measure GG Oversight Committee/ Inglewood Unified School District (Member, Inglewood, California),
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Trustee, Savannah, Georgia).