Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. In the late 1990′s Majora Carter stepped into the world of urban planning, by simultaneously re-directing a Giuliani-era plan for additional waste handling in the South Bronx, and shifting city-wide policy towards positive green development in environmentally challenged neighborhoods.
After she wrote a successful $1.25M Federal Transportation planning grant proposal in 2000, the South Bronx was at the forefront of community driven Greenway design. An 11 mile network of bike and pedestrian paths to connect neighborhoods to the river front and each other, with cost-effective & low impact storm water management capacity, local entrepreneurship opportunities, and active-living features to improve public health and reduce traffic congestion – was eventually approved by NY City and has since gone on to attract roughly $50M in Federal, State, City, and private funds.
After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.
Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first 6 videos to launch their groundbreaking website. Majora is a Board Member of the US Green Building Council, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is also on the Advisory Board member of the Bronx Academy of Software Engineering, and Co-Founder & CEO of StartUpBox.SouthBronx (sbsq.org). This enterprise-generating project is seeding the ground for community participation in accessible & lucrative economic growth trends for the 21st century. In 2012, Majora was one of BusinessInsider.com’s ‘Silicon Alley 100’, a strong supporter and participant of DigitalUndivided.com #Focus100, and one of Goldman-Sachs ‘100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs’.
Majora embodies the American Dream. She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally. Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.