The Nature Conservancy selected La Follette School student Emily H. Capodarco for its Wisconsin Board of Trustees. Capodarco is serving in an advisory (non-voting) capacity as part of the organization’s student trustee program, which aims to develop the next generation of nonprofit board members and leaders.
Capodarco, a student in the JD/MPA dual degree program with UW-Madison’s Law School, received the La Follette School’s Stephen F. Brenton Health Policy Scholar Award and is a government relations project assistant for WPS Health Solutions. She also serves as editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin International Law Journal.
After completing her undergraduate degree at Marquette University and before returning to school, Capodarco worked for organizations in international development, food and employment access, and criminal justice. Her undergraduate education included research in Ghana, Guatemala, El Salvador, and India, as well as a summer internship in the US Senate.
Capodarco grew up in rural Wisconsin and respects the state’s natural beauty. She enjoys vegetable gardening, home remodeling, biking, and taking long walks with her spouse and their Siberian husky.
“I’m excited to serve The Nature Conservancy and support its work protecting and preserving the state's natural areas,” said Capodarco.
Trustees provide volunteer leadership to The Nature Conservancy as it works to find innovative solutions to urgent environmental challenges such as protecting the lands that keep lakes, rivers, and other areas clean, addressing climate change, and demonstrating how green infrastructure can help manage stormwater run-off and improve air quality.
Fellow UW-Madison student Thomas Franklin also was selected for the student trustee program. Franklin is assistant manager of new product development at Spectrum Brands and a student in the Wisconsin Business School’s MBA program.