Marcus Littles is the founder of Frontline Solutions, a national consulting firm that offers clients in the non-profit and public sectors a full range of services to enhance impact.

Driven by the values of equity and inclusion, Frontline Solutions supports organizations with convening design and facilitation, research and analysis and strategy development. The firm also maintains a core value of investing in leadership development.

As part of that commitment, Frontline Solutions has run a paid summer Hilliard P. Jenkins Fellowship program since 2010, to help support young social change leaders and equip them with professional skills and experience.

We asked: what’s the most important thing we should be doing to advance racial equity and close gaps?

“Sometimes our natural inclination is for efficiency and ease. We want combatting structural racism to be easy and accessible and palatable. Dismantling structural racism and patriarchy requires interrogating our systems, institutions and even our own personal values and beliefs. If we’re not willing to fight…then we’re not willing to win.”

Mr. Littles is regarded by many in the larger fields of racial equity and social justice as one of the most influential relationship nodes for this work. He knows everyone, and more importantly, knows how to connect and push the members of his network to increase their individual and collective impact. Among other accomplishments, his work has been essential to the development of the modern iteration of the Boys and Men of Color field.

Marcus Littles with his family

Marcus Littles was recognized in September 2016 as one of Living Cities' 25 Disruptive Leaders working to close racial opportunity gaps.