Rising Star Award


Rising Star Award

New in 2024, CAPIO has added a “Rising Star” award to our special award categories.  The Rising Star 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 growing their skillset and contributing to the advancement of public engagement and outreach for a public agency in the first five years of their career.

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 Rising Star award must be a CAPIO member. In nominating a person for the award, a nominator should review the Rising Star scoring rubric and might consider:

  • The nominee’s ability to quickly make an impact by providing key support on special projects
  • The nominee’s exceptional effectiveness in communications and public engagement in the first few years of employment in government communications
  • The nominee’s ability to provide insightful recommendations and ideas that are implemented
  • The nominee demonstrated dedication to growing professionally and continuing to grow their skillset and education in the field of public communications

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 info@capio.org.  


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 2024 year, the award will be presented to the selected recipient during the CAPIO Annual Conference in Indian Wells in May during the EPIC Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 15. 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 2024 Award are due by March 16 at 5 pm.  If you have questions, call us at 1-844-CAPIO55 or email  info@capio.org.  


Fresno County’s Joshua Dean Receives Inaugural CAPIO Rising Star Award

The California Association of Public Information Officers (CAPIO) has awarded the first Rising Star award to Joshua Dean from the County of Fresno. The Rising Star Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional abilities, skills, and talents in growing their skillset in the pursuit of advancing public engagement and outreach for a public agency within the first five years of their career. During Joshua’s first year and a half at the County of Fresno, he has exemplified strong communicator qualities.