Cara Capp is a double alumna of Florida Atlantic University and has spent more than a decade working to protect and restore the Everglades. As a senior program manager with the National Parks Conservation Association – a 1.6 million-member national conservation nonprofit – Cara’s mission is to safeguard Everglades National Park and the surrounding landscape and waters for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.  

She works at the intersection of science and policy to advance key restoration projects to improve the quality and flow of water entering the Southern Everglades and the Florida Keys, including critical habitat for numerous endangered species. 

Since 2010, Cara has served on the Board of Directors of the Everglades Coalition, an alliance of 60+ conservation nonprofits working collaboratively to protect the Everglades. In this leadership position, she spearheaded the creation of a scholarship program to welcome college students from across the country to attend the Everglades Coalition’s annual conference, where students learn about Everglades restoration from leading scientists, agency leaders, and policymakers – including numerous FAU students from the Honors College and College of Science.  

Cara works closely with national leaders in Congress and the U.S. Department of the Interior to support high-level Everglades restoration funding, including this year’s historic announcement of $1.1 billion in Everglades restoration allocated from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in 2022.  

“My experience at the FAU Honors College set me on a path toward a rewarding and impactful career in environmental conservation. The interdisciplinary curriculum at the HC provided me with a unique skillset to work in the realms of science and policy – an important combination when working to advance environmental restoration that also has tremendous impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in South Florida.”

Cara Capp B.A. ’08, M.U.R.P. ’10