Kara became the Executive Director of Filoli Center in August 2016. Previously, she served as Executive Director for Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, a developing public garden, from 2006 to August 2016. In 2008, the Garden opened the Orchid Conservatory and this year plans have been announced for the newest addition, Lost Hollow, a children’s garden.
Before serving in this capacity, Kara’s career was focused in fundraising at organizations including Winterthur, Philadelphia Zoo, and Outward Bound. Kara has a BS in botany, and a graduate degree from the Longwood Program. She was named one of Charlotte Business Journal’s top 40 Under 40 professionals and was featured in Today’s Charlotte Woman magazine.