Pam Rubinoff Biography
Pam Rubinoff is a senior coastal manager at the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and extension specialist for Rhode Island Sea Grant, both at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. She combines her skills in engineering and coastal policy to lead CRC’s effort to create an interdisciplinary Climate Change Adaptation program — a cornerstone of which is a new Coastal Adaptation Guidebook.
Since 1996, Rubinoff has worked with U.S. and international partners to build capacity, create policy and provide technical assistance in Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Marshall Islands and Rhode Island. She has contributed to community recovery efforts and resilience assessment methods as part of the United States’ response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
As a Sea Grant Extension specialist, Rubinoff contributed to the development of National Coastal Smart Growth principles, helped lead the development of Rhode Island’s state sea level rise policy, identified hazard mitigation initiatives for the state’s urban core, and initiated the Smart Hurricane Recovery initiative for southern Rhode Island. Her leadership has contributed to efforts including Rhode Island’s FORTIFIED Home program, USAID’s Coastal Adaptation Framework, and URI’s partnership with the National Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Rubinoff has a master’s degree in marine policy from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s of civil engineering from the University of Delaware. She has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand, and was the Regional Coordinator on Cape Cod for the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Program.