Majora Carter

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April 17: Majora Carter
Majora Carter Position: President of the green-collar economic consulting company, the Majora Carter Group, LLC Hometown: South Bronx, NY Education: Bronx High School of Science, Wesleyan University (BA), New York University (MFA)

While the term "green-collar jobs" gains more press and pundits daily, few have actually marshaled the resources to get unemployed Americans trained and placed on pathways out of poverty in this growing economic sector. Majora Carter has. Born, raised, and currently living in the South Bronx, Majora founded Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) in 2001 to improve the economic quality of the environmentally challenged neighborhood.

In 2003, she launched the highly successful Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program. B.E.S.T. places a skilled green-collar workforce in growth sectors based on climate-adaptation trends in the job market. Successful graduates develop a personal and economic stake in their urban environment. SSBx also spearheaded city and state legislation that fuels demand for these jobs while improving public health, and reducing energy consumption.

Majora is now president of the Majora Carter Group, LLC, a green collar economic consulting firm with clients across the country and around the world. She is a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, one of Newsweek's "25 To Watch" and one of Essence Magazine's "25 most Influential African Americans." Majora serves on the boards of Ceres, SJF, and the Wilderness Society. She is also the host of Sundance Channel's Eco-Heroes and National Public Radio's The Promised Land.

For more information visit thepromisedland.org and majoracartergroup.com.