Noted urban revitalization strategist and award-winning broadcaster is next Poynter Fellow

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In addition to serving as a Poynter Fellow, Majora Carter is the recipient of this year’s annual Visionary Leadership Award presented by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Majora Carter, an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, will speak at Yale on Wednesday, Jan. 25 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Her talk — which will be moderated by George Knight, critic in architecture and principal of Knight Architecture LLC in New Haven — will take place at 4 p.m. in Hastings Hall, Paul Rudolph Hall, Yale School of Architecture, 180 York St. Deborah Berke, dean of the school, will introduce Carter. The event is free and open to the public.

Carter is responsible for creating and implementing numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems. At Sustainable South Bronx, Carter deployed MIT’s first-ever Mobile Fab-Lab, or digital fabrication laboratory, to the South Bronx, where it served as an early iteration of the “Maker-Spaces” found elsewhere today. The project drew residents and visitors together for guided and creative collaborations. 

After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she opened a private consulting firm to help spread the message and success of social enterprise and economic development in low-status communities, a venture that was named Best for the World by B-Corp.

Carter co-founded the now 750+-member Bronx Tech Meetup, as well as the StartUpBox Software Services company, which is rebuilding the entry-level tech job pipeline by using market forces and established business practices to help diversify the U.S. tech sector. Clients include Digital.nyc, PlayDots, and GIPHY, among others.

Carter has helped connect tech industry pioneers such as Etsy, Gust, FreshDirect, Google, and Cisco to diverse communities at all levels, and she continues to drive resources that value diversity into the communities left out of previous economic growth trends.

A 2005 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, Carter has earned accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, and Goldman Sachs. She is a BusinessInsider.com “Silicon Alley 100,” and one of Goldman-Sachs “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.” Carter’s 2006 TEDtalk was one of six to launch that groundbreaking site.

Carter is the recipient of this year’s annual Visionary Leadership Award presented by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established in 1967 by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree from Yale in 1927. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished journalists who have made significant contributions to their field.

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