About Reginald

Reginald Milton was born and raised in South Memphis. To date, he continues to live and work in the community that he is proud to call home.  A graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College, Reginald also received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Memphis. As an active community organizer and recognized civic leader, Reginald has spent his adult life serving people and neighborhoods.  

Spending so much of his time dedicated to increasing civic engagement, Reginald gained a better insight into why people think and act a certain way. His extensive experience in relationship building has aided him in helping to build strong coalitions and bring reluctant stake holders together to discuss positive ideas for improving our communities. Reginald has also worked with leaders in the business community, government, faith based institutions, and grass roots organizations effectively at building consensus around common concerns. He has received several awards for his contributions and efforts to improve Memphis & Shelby County including the following presitgious acknowledgements:

  • The Harold Love Outstanding Community Involvement Award
  • The Jefferson Award for Outstanding Community Service
  • The Volvo for Life Award for Civic Excellence
  • The JC Penny Golden Rule Award

As the years have progressed Reginald became more focused on addressing issues related to the root causes of disparity in urban communities, leading him to found the community-based nonprofit South Memphis Alliance, Inc. (SMA) in 2000.  The mission of SMA is to provide social, financial and technical supportive services to local community associations, residents and youth. Since its inception the organization has grown to also provide services to at-risk children who are: incarcerated, run-aways, fostered or HIV positive. 

Over SMA’s nine years of operation Reginald has worked tirelessly to build it into one of the largest community-based nonprofits in Shelby County. He has led the agency to supporting more than a dozen neighborhood associations; providing training and loans for women and minority business owners and entrepreneurs; behavioral modification sessions for teens, and several programs that assist families and single mothers in financial crisis.  SMA is now recognized as the first Family-to-Family location in the City of Memphis by the Department of Children’s Services.  For over 15 years, Reginald has fought to make certain that the average citizen’s rights were protected and he has served as a selfless advocate for positive improvements in our communities and in our lives. 

Reginald is an active member of the following community and civic organizations: 

  • Shelby County Democratic Party, Secretary
  • Memphis/Shelby County Community Development Council
  • Memphis City Beautiful, Commissioner
  • Greater Memphis Greenline, Inc, Board of Advisors
  • Memphis Heritage Association
  • Coalition for a Better Memphis, Organization Member
  • Mid South Reads, Board of Directors
  • Mid South Coalition on HIV/AIDS
  • Early Success Coalition, Steering Committee
  • City of Memphis, Parks Long-Range Planning Committee
  • 2009 Graduate of Leadership Memphis