Debra Rubino

Bruce Weller for the Open Society Foundations

Debra Rubino is the director of strategic communications at OSI-Baltimore. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of an integrated communications platform for OSI-Baltimore, including publications, public relations, electronic media, and events, especially to support the Campaign for Baltimore.

From 1998 to January 2006, Rubino served as vice president for communications at Goucher College, and was responsible for creating a new, comprehensive identity for the college, which had been a former women’s college. From 1988 to 1996, she served first as director of institutional communications at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and then from 1996 to 1998, as associate vice president. At MICA, she was one of six individuals to launch the Baltimore Collegetown Network, a consortium of 15 institutions from the region, at its inception by building a website ( In 1999, the Baltimore Collegetown Network established itself as a 501(c)(3) and Rubino served as the Governing Board’s president for five years.

Rubino serves as the board president of Art on Purpose and is a member of the board of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She was one of the founding board members of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance where she served for eight years. She is also an active professional artist—a photographer and printmaker. She holds a BA degree from Franklin and Marshall College and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.