The California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) is the leading statewide organization dedicated to advancing public sector communicators across all levels of government. Our members represent public sector agencies and engage communities through honest and transparent communication. CAPIO provides education and networking that helps our members and their agencies develop and advance.
At more than 700 members strong, it’s easy to find the good work our members are doing in the communities they serve. But CAPIO is NOT just for city public information officials (PIOs). In addition to a core group of municipal and state communications professionals, CAPIO counts among its members the staff of school districts, counties, water and air pollution control districts, parks and open space districts, private PR firms, municipal television channels, police and fire departments, and more—professionals who handle public information and communications duties for these agencies and organizations. In fact, CAPIO’s special district and school district membership is growing daily.
The California Association of Public Information Officials
(CAPIO) is the leading professional organization dedicated to
advancing public communicators through training, resources and
networking to strengthen and engage communities—a
fundamental piece of good government.
CAPIO was founded in 1971 by a group of ten public information practitioners in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Today—50 years later and over 700 members strong—CAPIO owes much to the vision of its founders who recognized the value of well-trained and professional communicators in serving the public’s interest. They realized the importance of providing continuing professional growth opportunities and support for both veteran and new practitioners. To learn more about our history, enjoy reading our 2001 CAPIO History Project below.
CAPIO’s Board of Directors is elected by the membership each spring. Board terms are two years, with approximately half of the positions rotating each year according to the schedule outlined in our bylaws. All CAPIO members in good standing are eligible to serve on—and vote for—the CAPIO Board.
Established in 2020, the Past Presidents Circle acts as an advisory board for special projects and strategic guidance.
Nearly 50 years ago, CAPIO was founded by a group of ten public information practitioners in Orange and Los Angeles counties. At nearly 800 members strong, CAPIO is today’s leading statewide organization dedicated to advancing public sector communicators across all levels of government. CAPIO owes much to the vision of its founders and former leaders who recognized the value of well-trained and professional public communicators.