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April 10, 2012
Contact: Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
Urban Revitalization Strategist and Peabody Award winning broadcaster Majora Carter is 2012 Commencement Speaker at Green Mountain College
POULTNEY--Green Mountain College’s commencement speaker for 2012 has been described as a "power broker" in the green jobs movement by the New York Times. She is president of Majora Carter Group Consulting, and will address GMC graduates at the College’s 175th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. Carter will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from GMC.
The youngest of ten children growing up in the South Bronx, Carter graduated from Bronx High School of Science, studied film at Wesleyan University, and received an MFA from New York University in 1997. While at NYU, she had to return to her family's home in Hunts Point in the South Bronx for financial reasons, inadvertently launching her career as a community visionary and entrepreneur.
She began volunteering for The Point Community Development Corporation, a youth development and arts organization. She secured a $10,000 grant to provide seed money for river access restoration projects along the Bronx River on land dominated by blighted post-industrial landscape. Working with other community groups, corporate neighbors, and the Parks Department, Carter leveraged that initial grant into over $3 million in funding to build the Rudy Bruner Award winning Hunts Point Riverside Park.
Carter founded and led Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) from 2001-2008. This non-profit organization is dedicated to economic and environmental development informed by community needs under the guiding principle: “You shouldn’t have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one.” During her tenure, SSBx initiated the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program, one of the nation's first urban green collar training and placement systems; and pushed legislation and policy that fueled demand for those jobs.
Carter hosts the Peabody Award-winning public radio series The Promised Land. She has produced, written or appeared in television and radio programs including American Public Media's Market Place, PRX's This I Believe series, Discovery Communications' Science Channel, and The Green on Sundance Channel.
Since 2008 The Majora Carter Group has developed climate adaptation, urban agribusiness, and leadership development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities and economically under-performing communities. Her many honors include a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She was named Fast Company magazine's 100 most creative people in business, and Essence magazine's 25 Most Influential African-Americans. She serves on the boards of the US Green Building Council and The Wilderness Society.