We missed this when it was published, but Majora Carter ’88, urban planner and environmental justice advocate, was profiled in the New York Times last month.
Carter majored in film at Wesleyan, and has been doing great things for the past decade – advocating on behalf of Bronx residents as head of the nonprofit Sustainable South Bronx, becoming a major voice on environmental issues in the media, and taking a risky pro-Tibet political stand as an Olympic torchbearer last summer.
She’s now entering the private sector with her own green consulting firm, the Majora Carter Group:
In just over a decade, Ms. Carter, 42, has vaulted from working as a volunteer for what was a nascent organization called the Point Community Development Corporation and knowing almost nothing about environmental issues to becoming a nationally known advocate for environmental justice.
Her reputation was burnished in 2005 when she won a MacArthur Foundation award for her work at the Point and at Sustainable South Bronx, a nonprofit organization she founded after leaving the Point in 2001.
…Ms. Carter’s fame is also proving somewhat double-edged for her start-up. She is in high demand for speeches all over the country, yet in the eyes of many she remains synonymous with Sustainable South Bronx, and it is taking time to establish a separate identity.
“Now I go and I talk about what I think I can bring to the rest of the world with this consulting firm,” Ms. Carter said one afternoon in her new offices at 901 Hunts Point Avenue. “And it is hard, because I am still so much seen as this ground-breaking visionary who ran community groups. And I am like, that is nice and all, but I am a groundbreaking visionary who has a consultancy.
“It is fun,” she added. “I am not complaining. I am just so tired I can’t keep my eyes open.”
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