James L. Capra, a native of New York, received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Marist College and a Master of Arts in Education from Seton Hall University. Prior to his law enforcement career, Mr. Capra served in the United States Navy, United States Navy Reserve, Air National Guard and as a Military Intelligence Officer with the United States Army Reserve.
Mr. Capra began his federal law enforcement career with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in the New York Field Division, in 1987. Upon graduating from Basic Agent Training, he was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Division. In 1996, Mr. Capra was promoted to the position of Group Supervisor in the Newark Field Division where he developed the Division’s methamphetamine strategy and established a Clandestine Laboratory Group.
In 1999, Mr. Capra was assigned to DEA’s Headquarters where he served as a Staff Coordinator in the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. There, he was responsible for developing and maintaining open lines of communication with the Congress, its committees, subcommittees and staff. In August of 2000, Mr. Capra advanced to the position of Executive Assistant to the Chief of Operations. During August 2002, Mr. Capra was appointed to the United States Senior Executive Service by Administrator Asa Hutchinson, and was selected for the position of Chief of Domestic Operations. In this capacity, Mr. Capra served as the principal advisor to the Chief of Operations and DEA’s Administrator on all operational and enforcement matters throughout the continental United States and its territories.
In June 2004, Mr. Capra was selected by Administrator Karen P. Tandy to fill the position of Associate Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Miami Field Division. During May of 2006, Mr. Capra was chosen by Administrator Tandy to fill the position of Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division where he is responsible for all enforcement and administrative operations conducted by DEA personnel who are assigned throughout the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas and the State of Oklahoma.
Mr. Capra has spoken in numerous venues throughout the United States on leadership issues and public service. Mr. Capra and his wife Michelle have six children.