Gwinnett’s Small but Mighty Rachel Little

Meet the Newest Member of the Georgia Board of Regents

Her last name may be Little, but there’s nothing diminutive about the respect Rachel Little commands. A member of the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Citizens Advisory Board since 2015, the most recent accomplishment Little has achieved is being named to the Georgia Board of Regents by Governor Brian Kemp.

Created in 1931, The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was an element of a reorganization of Georgia’s state government. With the formation of this entity, public higher education in Georgia was unified for the first time under a single governing and management authority. It oversees the University System of Georgia – which comprises all state public institutions of higher education, as well as the Georgia Public Library Service.

Having worked in the legal profession in Atlanta for over 22 years, Little currently serves as a Senior Paralegal in the Animal Health division of the global pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. There she specializes in U.S. and International Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Strategic Real Estate and Development.

A graduate of the prestigious Leadership Gwinnett program, the Board of Regents doesn’t mark Little’s first gubernatorial appointment. She was also appointed by former Governor Nathan Deal to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Department of Driver Services and the Immigration Enforcement Review Board where she served as its Vice Chair.

With Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful playing such a significant role in her life, Little plans to act as an advocate and ambassador for the environment in her new role on the Board of Regents. With student groups featured so prominently on elementary, middle school and high school campuses throughout Gwinnett County, she hopes to encourage a more significant impact among college environmental groups.

“We just love it when one of our own receives an honor such as this,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “I’ve often said that we have the best Board on the planet. I have no doubt that Rachel Little will go on to do great things in her new role on the Georgia Board of Regents. She is passionate about everything she takes on, from the environment to the rising generation of change makers in our state. I know the rest of our Citizen’s Advisory Board joins me in congratulating her and wishing her the very best of luck.”

An Atlanta native, Little attended Parkview High School in Gwinnett County and earned a B.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University. She and her husband Bill live in Loganville with their two dogs, Cooper and Riley.