Carlo Capua has been appointed to a new role in the City Manager’s Office: Chief of Strategy and Innovation for the City of Fort Worth. He had previously been Deputy Chief of Staff in the Mayor and Council Office.
“I’m keen on challenging why and how we do things,” City Manager David Cooke said. “After all, what better way to keep up with the demands of a vibrant and growing city than trying innovative ideas? That’s why I’ve asked Carlo Capua to assume this new role.”
Capua’s diverse background suits him for this role. Born and raised in Fort Worth, he graduated from TCU and lived abroad for seven years, then “boomeranged” back to start multiple businesses, most recently finishing his master’s degree in international relations from Harvard University.
As one of Fort Worth’s first social entrepreneurs, Capua co-founded Z’s Café, creating 165 jobs for low-income men and women over 13 years and feeding 150,000 people during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018, he was named Businessman of the Year by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and is chair-elect of the national board for Sister Cities International.
He is a sought-after speaker and emcee. An avid athlete, he has finished 18 marathons (one in North Korea) and an Ironman Triathlon. He speaks fluent Spanish and Japanese.
Capua will play a larger role in representing the organization on key initiatives and special projects. This will help ensure City leadership is informed and has a voice with regional stakeholders and affiliated organizations
“We have already seen Carlo lead Fort Worth’s part in bringing the 2026 World Cup to our region, and he has also been instrumental in developing and defining the process by which we receive international dignitaries,” Cooke said.
This new position will not just live in the City Manager’s Office – it will be tasked with serving as a resource for all departments, Cooke said.