Today I was up bright and early and in San Francisco by 7:30a.m. I went to a presentation given by an organization I am a member of called IIDA. The guest speaker was Majora Carter. This is the second year I have attended this event and again this year I left with grandios ideas and feeling a bit like I lead a small life. This woman has accomplished so much just because she didn't think that things were right and worked to improve the situation in her neighborhood!
I'm trying really hard to look at her as an example rather than something to measure myself by.
Majora Carter, President and CEO of the Majora Carter Group
While the term “green-collar jobs” gains more press and pundits daily, Majora Carter is one of the few people that has marshaled the resources to get unemployed Americans trained and placed on pathways out of poverty in this growing economic sector.
Born, raised, and continuing to live in the South Bronx, Carter travels around the world in pursuit of resources and ideas to improve the quality of life in environmentally challenged communities. Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001, and by 2003 had implemented the highly successful Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program — a pioneering green-collar job training and placement system.
She is currently president of the green collar economic consulting firm the Majora Carter Group, LLC. Carter’s vision, drive, and tenacity earned her a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She began 2007 as one of Newsweek’s “25 To Watch”, and ended the year as one of Essence Magazine’s “25 Most Influential African Americans”, was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in NYC” by the NY Post for the past two years, and “NYC’s Most Influential Environmentalist” by the BBC World Service. Carter is a board member of the Wilderness Society, and is currently recording a special national public radio series, “The Promised Land”, for 2009 release.