Majora Carter is most well known for her speeches on urban renewal, environmental justice and the revitalization policies needed for neighborhoods that are predominantly inhabited by minorities to be sustainable. South Bronx born Carter obtained a Bachelor of Arts in film at Wesleyan University in 1984. In 1997, she obtained her Master of Fine Arts from New York University. She worked as the Associate Director of the Community Development Corporation. Over a five year period, Carter managed to turn a $10,000 seed grant from the government into a $3 million park.
In 2001, Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) and was the executive director until 2008. In 2003, her organization started the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program and became the nation's first ever urban green collar training program.