J. Lindsey Wolf PIO Institute

The CAPIO Board of Directors renamed the PIO Institute in honor of CAPIO member and Paul B. Clark award-winner Lindsey Wolf, who died on March 6, 2010.  Lindsey spent 40 years in Bay Area public affairs and communications. After working for the Association of Bay Area Governments, City of San Francisco, and East Bay MUD, she joined San Jose as its first Public Information Officer, starting an extraordinary 22-year career in communications with the city.  She was a wise counselor and generous mentor, who willingly shared knowledge. She was a role model and friend who helped others become better people and better communicators. She engendered admiration, not just from her colleagues but from journalists as well.

Established by CAPIO in 2003, the PIO Institute is a professional development program that offers a certificate in the field of public information for CAPIO members who complete any 10 of the designated Institute courses. These courses are generally offered annually at the CAPIO Conference, but may also be offered at various regional workshops throughout the state (see J. Lindsey Wolf PIO Institute Guidelines).

Courses topics are offered based on the need for PIOs to be proficient in certain core areas, such as: Media relations; special event management; publications production; writing; communications strategic planning; etc.

This Certificate in Public Information from the CAPIO PIO Institute is offered exclusively to CAPIO members and courses are covered by the cost of annual membership and conference registration.  Interested in starting your certification?  Email us at info@capio.org with your name, title and agency to begin tracking your courses today!  Download your tracking form here: CAPIO Institute Eligibility Worksheet.

Enrolled in the PIO Institute?  PIO course attendees who are current CAPIO members are listed on the PIO Institute Roster  (To view your courses – enable editing and then do a search for your name in the search bar.  If you feel you are missing any classes or if anything is incorrect, please email us.)   If you attended courses at any past CAPIO Annual Conferences or Workshops and do not see yourself listed, contact CAPIO at info@capio.org to confirm you are a current CAPIO member (only CAPIO members in good standing are eligible for PIO Institute certification but can receive credit if you join or renew your membership). Check back to see how many courses you need to complete to achieve PIO Institute certification.

Over 70 communications professionals have completed the CAPIO J. Lindsey Wolf PIO Institute since its inception. View recent graduates here.