Cara Bridges was announced as the department’s director of policy and strategic planning in November 2022. She has worked as senior policy and planning analyst for the department since 2019, providing policy and program management and strategic planning support.
Bridges began her career in 2013 as government affairs assistant with the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Before joining NCDPS she was a fiscal analyst with the North Carolina General Assembly.
She is responsible for managing the department’s strategic plan, including creating, updating and tracking implementation. Bridges also manages all department level policies and ensures they are in compliance with applicable laws and state policies.