Pam Rubinoff is the Senior Coastal Manager at the Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island. She combines her skills in engineering and coastal policy to lead the center’s effort to create an interdisciplinary Climate Change Adaptation program — a cornerstone of which is a new Coastal Adaptation Guidebook.
Since 1996, Pam 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 recently 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, Pam initiated the creation of Coastal Smart Growth Principles, collaborated in the development of Rhode Island’s state sea level rise policy, identified hazard mitigation initiatives for the state’s urban core and initiated Smart Hurricane Recovery initiative for southern Rhode Island.
Thanks to the work of CRC and its colleagues at R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, R.I. State Building Commission and R.I. Sea Grant, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety is bringing its national Fortified Home program to Rhode Island. The building and remodel certification program requires upgraded standards to make structures more resilient to natural hazards, such as storm damage.
CRC’s Pam Rubinoff has been on the frontlines of this work, not only as a coastal management professional but as a homeowner. Read stories she has contributed to by visiting RINPR and The Providence Journal.
Ms. Rubinoff has a master’s degree in marine policy from University of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s of civil engineering from University of Delaware.