2022 Paul B. Clark Recipient
Jennifer M. Cabral, MPA
Jennifer M. Cabral has been the voice of the Orange County Sanitation District (OC San) for over 20 years. She oversees the Public Affairs Office and Board Services, a joint staff of 15 people, managing marketing communications, community relations, public affairs, legislative and government affairs, branding, stakeholder relationships, event planning, media relations, and board relations for the third largest wastewater treatment facility west of the Mississippi River.
Jennifer has become the sounding board for OC San’s executive management team and has gained a seat at the decision-makers’ table. Her value to the agency is demonstrated by the trust, confidence, and respect she has earned from her staff, peers, management, and Board of Directors.
Jennifer was instrumental in developing the Construction Outreach Program to support OC San’s $3 billion Capital Improvement Program to inform and connect with over 2.6 million residents. She was also key in getting Assembly Bill 2022 signed into law which allowed for the bottling of the Groundwater Replenishment System water for education purposes.
Most recently, Jennifer spearheaded the agency’s rebranding transitioning from OCSD to OC San and updating the 20-year logo. CAPIO recognized the effort with the 2021 Dollar Stretcher award for a program/tool developed and implemented in-house.
Mentoring is a priority for Jennifer. She values the importance of sharing knowledge and experience to further career opportunities. Jennifer was a founding member of OC San’s BLAST Program is an employee-led program to enhance personal, professional, and organizational skills through dynamic and wide-ranging opportunities, including mentorship. As a manager, she supports and encourages her staff to further advance their career by participating in conferences, trainings, speaking engagements, and networking. As a true leader, she has given up her membership opportunities to staff yearly as has been the case with CAPIO. She constantly reinforces the importance of engaging with our industry to learn and continue to grow.
Jennifer is a dedicated public servant that believes in excellent customer service and accountability to our ratepayers. She is committed to exceptional leadership, and dedication to mentorship, and believes in always leaving something better than she found it.
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About CAPIOThe California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) is the leading professional organization dedicated to advancing public sector communicators through training, resources, and networking to strengthen and engage communities – a fundamental piece of good government. CAPIO serves more than 900 members from cities, counties, special districts, school districts, and state agencies from across the state of California.
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