Frank Cowan
CAPIO President 1984


Frank enjoyed living 11.6 miles from the high tide mark of the Pacific Ocean, on the coast of California, near Santa Barbara. He was an award-winning photojournalist, having lived a lifelong dream for over nine years shooting for local news outlets. Frank has loved shooting photos with Minolta, Olympus, Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Fujifilm. 

Frank enjoyed careers in radio & TV broadcasting and news, law enforcement, and crisis management training (at the California Specialized Training Institute - CSTI) and part time photography for Lee Enterprises Santa Maria Times. Lee Enterprises owns the Santa Maria Times, Lompoc Record, Adobe Press, and Santa Ynez Valley News, among other publications in his area.

In April, 2017 Frank was on hand at the California Association of Public Information Officials annual conference to receive the Frank Potter Cowan Crisis Communications Leader Award. The award will be given each year to the Public Information Officer and his/her team who exhibited outstanding leadership during a crisis.