Christina Byrne honored as CAPIO’s 2020 Paul B. Clark award recipient
On July 13, Christina Byrne, Public Outreach Department Manager at Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), was awarded the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) 2020 Paul B. Clark Achievement Award. This prestigious award honors her career-long commitment to leadership and mentorship within the communications field.
Christina’s passion for public service and communication has been evident since her first project at OCTA managing the public awareness campaign for the SR-22 Freeway Improvement Project. She jumped in and conducted vigorous business, commuter, residential, emergency responder and school outreach activities. Diverse community outreach and multi-language communications was also included in Christina’s approach.
During the course of her career, Christina’s commitment to excellence in community outreach and communication garnered her promotions and a reputation for being a top-notch leader who earned a seat at the decision-makers table. She now leads a team of 13 who oversee communications for more than 30 projects at OCTA.
In addition to her work at OCTA, Christina dedicates her time and energy to volunteer positions with organizations such as Women in Transportation and CAPIO. She has led CAPIO’s conference publicity committee for more than two years, has been a CAPIO conference speaker and mentor, and is the current CAPIO Social Media Chair.
As a mentor for employees and colleagues, Christina regularly offers support, guidance and insights for those around her. Her CAPIO mentee shared, “Each conversation was loaded with information from her more than 20 years of experience in public information. Christina also opened up her professional network to me, which effectively provided me with two mentors. She would offer suggestions on issues I was facing, specifically understanding how to navigate bureaucracy which was new to me after coming from the private sector.” Vincent Ma, Marketing and Legislative Program Manager, Solano Transportation Authority
Christina shared, “I was stunned to learn I was selected to receive the Paul B . Clark Award. Just to be nominated is a huge honor and to join the list of past winners is a highlight of my career. Each and every past winner I have looked up to tremendously over the last ten years as a CAPIO member for their leadership, vision, professionalism and dedication to continually enhancing communications. The fact that this award is a recognition of exceptional leadership and mentoring of others means the most to me. I have been blessed to benefit from leadership and mentoring in my career and made it my personal credo to pay-it-forward and model for others. CAPIO has helped me grow tremendously in both areas by presenting at workshops and conferences, mentoring fellow members and serving on conference committees and the Board of Directors. To know others noticed is very humbling. Thank you for this incredible recognition.”
To learn more about the Paul B. Clark award or the California Association of Public Information Officials, visit www.capio.org.