Mark Little, Ph.D.

Executive Direction, CREATE, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mark Gabriel Little is a sustainable developer, earth scientist, and creative. He currently serves as executive director of CREATE at UNC Chapel Hill, an economic development center that creates shared prosperity through thought leadership, real interventions, and policy development. CREATE envisions a community, state, nation and world where the economy works to equitably distribute resources and wealth; where individuals and communities are empowered to achieve their goals; and where all have opportunities to prosper. He also leads NCGrowth-SmartUp, a multi-state initiative to help communities and business create jobs and equitable opportunities; and co-chairs the Black Communities Conference, an annual convening of leaders and scholars across the global African diaspora. He previously served as managing director of the UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise supervising operations, research, external affairs and student-facing activities. Mark was a AAAS-GSA-USGS congressional science fellow to the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, worked in renewable energy development, and conducted field- and lab-based research in the earth and environmental sciences in the U.S., Tanzania and China. He is also a musician, composer, cook, maker and baba.