Communicator of the Year Award


Communicator of the Year Award

The Communicator of the Year award will be presented to the individual who, in the judgment of the CAPIO Awards Committee and Board of Directors, demonstrates exceptional abilities, skills and talents in leading their organization to greater and more successful communications and public engagement.

Nomination Information

The CAPIO Board of Directors is soliciting nominations from members and non-members. You do not need to be a member to nominate an individual for this award.  However the nominee must be a CAPIO member.  Self-nominations are accepted. SUBMIT A NOMINATION

How to Nominate

All entries and supporting documents must be submitted electronically to CAPIO via our online entry form.

Nominations should include a written narrative no longer than two pages in length. Supporting documents that reinforce the written narrative and demonstrate the candidate’s achievements are recommended.

The individual being nominated for the Communicator of the Year award must be a CAPIO member. In nominating a person for the award, a nominator should review the Communicator of the Year  scoring rubric and might consider:

  • The nominee’s implementation of a successful program, campaign or project in the prior year (i.e. 2021 Award recipient nominated for 2020 work).
  • The nominee’s exceptional effectiveness in communications and public engagement for the entire year.

Other considerations may include:

  • The nominee’s contributions to the profession.
  • The nominee’s support and education to help others in the profession.
  • The nominee’s leadership and involvement in CAPIO.

When submitting your nomination, you may share outcome information used such as a function chart, graphics, images or links to briefings, etc. You may also provide quotes or support from colleagues, supervisors, elected officials, residents, etc. To submit supplemental information for the nomination, you may attach it to the nomination form or email it to  

Communicator of the Year Award nominee scoring rubric.

Recipient Selection

The final selection will be made by the Board or appointed selection committee prior to the Annual Conference each year.

Award Honors

For the 2021 year, the award will be presented to the selected recipient during the 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash at the CAPIO Conference in Tahoe on November 4. We will also be featuring finalists on social media and on our website. In addition, CAPIO will send a news release and supporting photograph(s) to the award winner’s employer and to local media following the announcement.

Deadline & Contact

Nominations for the 2021 Award are due by Friday, September 24 at 5 pm.  If you have questions, call us at 1-844-CAPIO55 or email  


2021 Communicator of the Year Award Recipient
Thomas Christensen

Honored for his commitment and excellence in communications, the County of San Diego’s Communication Specialist, Tom Christensen, has made it his top priority to build social media campaigns that educate, inspire, and create change throughout the County of San Diego. Tom oversees more than 100 individual County department social media accounts as an administrator or content creator. His leadership has resulted in the County obtaining some of the highest follower counts for counties in the nation as well as some of the highest engagement numbers.


2020 Communicator of the Year Award Recipient
Tiffany Baca

Tiffany Baca was awarded the 2020 Communicator of the Year Award on July 13, 2020.  With an impressive collection of 20 statements of support included in her award nomination, colleagues expressed high admiration for her work ethic, talents, and character, making her a shining example of what a superstar communications professional embodies.