Unapologetically Black, Queer, Fat, Cisgender and Femme Collette Carter, born in St. Louis MO and raised in Jamaica ,New York, developed her community building principles while studying Theatre Arts at Hillcrest High School. She further refined her studies to African American drama and nonprofit management at Spelman College c96. After completing a Managing Director Internship at Actor’s Express in Atlanta GA, Collette moved to Oakland CA then returned to New York City in 1998.
In 1998 Carter joined the board of African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC) formerly Salsa Souls Sisters Third World Wimmin Inc, the nation's oldest lesbian of color organizations founded in 1974. While at AALUSC Carter worked within community to build infrastructure and re-engaged critical conversations on gender, gender identity and gender expression as ever evolving and how to celebrate these differences.
In 2001 Carter joined the staff of the Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people of color. In addition to having coordinated the Leaders Roundtable formerly The People of Color Steering Committee, she worked her way up through a series of program and administrative roles to the level of Co-Director. Working across multi-stakeholder groups and community to win changes in New York City to decrease HRA profiling and stigmatization of Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people and to create alternatives to policing in central Brooklyn.
As an independent consultant Carter has tapped into over 20+ years experience in financial management and administration to bring trusted leadership to office management and systems that match sustainable capacity. Her philosophy is that the heart of movement-building is the work of making spaces which help us sustain hope, the possibility for survival, as well as transformation. She has served on the board of Southerners on New Ground, been general member of The Disability Justice Collective and co-author with Syd London, Janice Kroposky and The Diversity Council of Kean University Carter of a LGBTQ Curriculum Guide to ignite students and educators to become agents of change in their school communities.
Launching a blog in 2017, as part of re-infusing the energy of art and expression into creating community. Following her life long journey back to creating social and ideological change through artistic expression She will also launch a virtual collaboration project for 2018 titled "Motions in the Arc".