Considering running for the CAPIO Board of Directors?
Learn more at our free informational webinar


Have you thought about running for the CAPIO Board, but don’t know what is involved?  Join us for this informational webinar where you’ll learn about each of the board positions, the monthly time commitment for each, and how to add your name to the ballot.  Even if you’re not ready to run this year, but are considering it for a future year, join us for this informational webinar to learn more.


February – Nominations Open

March – Board Ballot goes out to the membership

March 30 – New board members notified

May – New board installed at the CAPIO Annual Conference

Positions open in 2024


Vice President – Conference

Vice President – Awards

Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives Chair

Southern CA Membership/Regional Chair

Social Media Chair


Date: Tuesday, December 5
Time: 11 am – 12 pm

Cost: Free



Lael Wageneck, APR – CAPIO President

Lael Wageneck, APR is the Public Information Officer for the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department which serves over 400,000 residents. He has over 15 years of experience in media production, public relations and public administration, and has presented a many CAPIO conferences on topics from photography to ethics. He previously served on the CAPIO Board as the Central California Regional Chair from 2015-17.

Thomas Christensen – President-Elect | Treasurer

Tom Christensen has been a communications specialist with the County of San Diego since 2006. He coordinates and monitors nearly 100 accounts as part of the County’s nationally-recognized social media efforts and writes stories for He was part of the team that won the 2018 CAPIO Frank Potter Cowan Crisis Communications Leader Team Award and has worked on crisis communications during several wildfires, a county-wide blackout and an outbreak of hepatitis A.