About Majora


Majora Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.

After establishing several organizations to carry on this work, she has built on that foundation with innovative ventures and insights in real estate developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.

Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation to John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.

Majora embodies the American Dream. She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally. Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.

TED Conferences

TED2013, TED2011, TEDWomen 2010, TED2010, TED2009, TED2008, TED2007, TED2006

Areas of Expertise

Difficult Conversations, Green Collar Job Creation, Urban Revitalization Strategy

An idea worth spreading

Climate adaptation through Horticultural Infrastructure has the potential to meet regional infrastructure needs while providing therapeutic forms of EMPLOYMENT for our "Most Expensive Citizens". These are primarily people coming out of Prison and Vets coming back from Mid-East wars, and Elderly Americans. These 3 groups all suffer from a sense of "social isolation" that leads to other dysfunctional behavior - costing government billions in social services. We can adapt our cities for higher temperatures and changing water management needs while creating jobs and new economic opportunities for small businesses.

I'm passionate about

Equality, peace and love.
Working out.
My husband.
Design of all kinds.

Talk to me about

moving people out of poverty through strategic real estate development; making tv and movies that matter.

People don't know I'm good at

Singing (a little).

My TED story

i thought winning a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship was something special, but I was jut as overwhelmed by the opportunities that opened up after a successful 18 minutes on the TED stage. THANK YOU to everyone in the TED community--I am so proud to be a part of it!