2008 Paul B. Clark Award Winner – Anne Aldrich
Anne Aldrich, the City of Lancaster’s Communications Manager, received the top award given by the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) at its recent annual conference in South Lake Tahoe. She was honored for her outstanding service to the public and her profession. Aldrich received the Paul B. Clark Award for her exceptional leadership, professional commitment and contributions in the public information field.
“Anne is an exceptional person,” said CAPIO President Elizabeth Emmett. “She has done so much for this organization and this profession that she was an obvious choice.” As the Communications Manager for the City of Lancaster, Aldrich is the official spokesperson for the city. Her responsibilities include media and community relations and all kinds of communications – from website to production of city publications like the award-winning Outlook magazine.
She has worked as a public information officer for a college, marketing manager for a retail company, and as a public affairs professional for family issues for the Department of Defense in Europe. She also worked for the Antelope Valley Press as a reporter and later as an editor before taking her current position with the city. Anne also runs her own company, ABA Communications, and acts as a consultant, providing marketing assistance and training services to businesses. Anne studied journalism at Syracuse University majoring in public relations. Anne is active with many community organizations including the United Way, Rotary International and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. She is well respected in her profession and has served as the vice president of CAPIO. She is currently president of Lancaster West Rotary Club and is active as a past president of the Lancaster synagogue, as well.
CAPIO is the largest organization of its type in California. With more than 350 members, it provides public information, technology and professional training and networking for its membership.