Cara brings nearly ten years of experience in nonprofit organizations supporting public health and community development to her role as Senior Associate. Prior to her work at NPAG, Cara served as Program Associate for Grantmakers In Health (GIH), where she directed programming to support health foundations design health equity agendas. At GIH, she stewarded the National Alliance for Health Equity, a learning network connecting grantmakers to design best practices for addressing racial and ethnic health disparities.
Previously, Cara was a Health Promotion Specialist with Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University where she developed and evaluated programs seeking to transform the campus culture to one promoting balanced eating, healthy interpersonal relationships, and mental health. She also worked with Community Science Inc. as an Associate where she conducted evaluations of community health initiatives aimed to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities and promote community integration.
Cara’s work is grounded in a deep passion for supporting vulnerable communities and creating systems change that promotes health. Her worldview is shaped by the notion that communities – and the organizations that serve them – possess the critical skills and assets to engender positive change.
Earning a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Cara concentrated in reproductive and family health. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Maryland.