Paul Caputo Hired as Executive Director at National Association for Interpretation
November 17, 2022
Fort Collins, Colorado ̶ The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has hired longtime employee Paul Caputo as Executive Director. After more than two decades with the association, he steps into the position after serving as the interim executive director for much of 2022.
Caputo, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Society of Association Executives (CSAE), began his career with NAI in 2002 as the association’s first in-house graphic designer. His tenure with NAI has included such positions as Art Director, Communications Director, and, since 2013, Deputy Director. As Executive Director, he plans to focus on initiatives related to social justice, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion; increase the association’s digital presence and technological capacity; and expand NAI’s working relationship with partner organizations and agencies.
According to out-going NAI President Jay Miller, “We recognized that we needed an Executive Director with solid knowledge of who we are, yet with capability to bring innovation and action that will move NAI forward. We needed energy, yet stability. We needed a person who could communicate well with the board, with staff, and with the membership. We believe we found that person.”
The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation, currently serving more than 6,000 members in the United States, Canada, and over 30 other nations. Individual members include those who work at parks, museums, nature centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, historical and cultural sites, commercial tour companies, and theme parks. Commercial and institutional members include those who provide services to the heritage interpretation industry. Find NAI online at www.interpnet.com.
The National Association for Interpretation acknowledges, with respect, that our headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado, is located on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original and current stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed.