Don Samuels portrait

Don Samuels

CEO, MicroGrants


Longtime community leader and former Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels now leads MicroGrants, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that boosts economic self-sufficiency for low-income individuals by providing grants to start a business, finish their education, or acquire transportation for their job.

Samuels also launched Lights On! in 2016, a nonprofit with a mission to heal the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve by replacing tickets for things like blown headlights and turn signals with repair vouchers. Samuels expanded Lights On! into Iowa and Kansas in 2020, and this year he plans to expand the program into other states.