Majora Carter is the President of the Majora Carter Group LLC, which offers consulting services in environmental assessment, compliance, and planning. Carter simultaneously addresses public health, poverty alleviation, and climate change as one of the nation’s pioneers in successful green-collar job training and placement systems. In 2001 she founded Sustainable South Bronx to achieve environmental justice through economically sustainable projects informed by community needs. Her work now includes advising cities, foundations, universities, businesses, and communities around the world on how to unlock their green-collar economic potential to benefit everyone.
Carter designed Hunts Point Community Composting Project as well as initiated and raised funds for Hunts Point Riverside Park, the first waterfront park in the South Bronx in sixty years, and for the South Bronx Green & Cool Roofs Demonstration Project. Co-founder of the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, she is also former chair of the Bronx River Alliance. She served on New York Governor Elliott Spitzer’s Energy and Environmental Transition Team and the Clinton Global Initiative’s Poverty Alleviation Panel.
In 2005 she was awarded a MacArthur “genius grant,” in 2006 won the Coro Lewis Rudin Award for Public Service, and in 2007 received the National Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award and New York University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Award for Humanitarian Service. Also in 2007 she was named among Newsweek’s “25 to Watch,” The New York Post’s “50 most influential women in NYC,” and Essence Magazine’s “25 most influential African Americans.” The New York Post has named her one of the “50 most influential women in NYC” for two years, and BBC World Service named her “NYC’s most influential environmentalist.”
Majora Carter received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1988 and a MFA from New York University in 1997.