Majora Carter is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, a MacArthur Fellow, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. She applies her corporate-consulting practice focused on talent-retention to reducing brain drain in American low-status communities, and has firsthand experience leading sustainable economic development in one of America's most storied low-status communities: the South Bronx. She is the founder of Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All, and in 2008 founded Majora Carter Group LLC., which was named “Best for the World” by B-Corp in 2014.
Majora is quoted on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture in DC: "Nobody should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one.” which is also the subtitle of her recent book: Reclaiming Your Community.
Majora’s 2006 TED talk was one of the first six videos to launch the groundbreaking website, and she was invited back in 2022. She has served on the boards of the U.S. Green Building Council, Ceres, The Wilderness Society, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is also the owner of the Boogie Down Grind, a hip hop themed cafe-bar in the South Bronx named Best in NYC by TimeOut NY.
What Others are Saying about Majora Carter
"My musical, In the Heights, explores issues of community, gentrification, identity, and home, and the question: Are happy endings only ones that involve getting out of your neighborhood to achieve your dreams?
In her refreshing new book, Majora Carter writes about these issues with great insight and clarity, asking us to re-examine our notions of what community development is and how we invest in the futures of our hometowns. This is an exciting conversation worth joining.”
“Her success is no surprise to anyone who’s seen her speak; Carter’s confidence, energy, and intensely emotional delivery make her talks themselves a force of nature.”