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Arleta Little

Program Officer and Director of Artist Fellowships


Arleta Little joined McKnight in 2014. As a program officer for the Arts team, she participates in arts grantmaking and leads the McKnight Artist Fellowships Program. Prior to working in philanthropy, Arleta served as the executive director of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, a literary arts organization in Minneapolis dedicated to advancing and celebrating African American literature and writers. With degrees in English, Social Work, and Public Affairs, Arleta has also worked for over 15 years as an organizational development consultant providing strategic planning, program evaluation, and grant writing services to organizations in Minnesota.

Committed to public service, Arleta taught English for two years in Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer and has since served on numerous boards. She is a current board member of Grantmakers in the Arts. As a poet and writer, she was most recently published in Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. A native of Washington D.C., Arleta loves to travel, has lived abroad three times, and has visited more than 35 countries.