Chair of the Board of Governors
Richard Rubin is president of Richard A. Rubin Associates, the San Francisco public affairs management and business development consulting firm which he founded in 1987.
An attorney, Rubin also has more than 40 years’ experience in public policy management, government relations, and teaching.
He lectures extensively on public policy issues and writes a regular column on politics and government both for the Marin Independent Journal and on the widely-read media blog, Fox & Hounds.
Rubin is a visiting professor in the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and has taught on the graduate faculties at both U.C. Berkeley Extension in the School of Business and at Golden Gate University.
In 2007 former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the California Workforce Investment Board, to which he was reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a member of its Executive Committee. Rubin was a long-time member and vice president of the California State Bar Board of Governors and did a stint as president of the San Francisco Self-Help for the Elderly Board.
He has advised numerous elected officials and candidates at state and national levels and served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senators Harrison “Pete” Williams (N.J.) and John V. Tunney (CA) in Washington, D.C.
After that he served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Urban Affairs Council and as Special Assistant for the New York City Model Cities Program during Mayor John Lindsay’s Administration.
Returning to Washington, D.C. he was appointed director of voter registration operations in the McGovern presidential campaign, ("that did not turn out so well,") and then organized and directed the first Navajo Nation Office of Congressional Affairs.
A past trustee of Kenyon College and president emeritus of the Berkeley Repertory Theater Board, he served also as vice president of both the San Francisco Girls Chorus and is on the Advisory Boards of the New Leaders Council and Our Time. Rubin has also been very active in Marin County's civic life, where he presided over the Strawberry Recreation District Board and was for many years a public member of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), and other community organizations.
An alumnus and past trustee of Kenyon College with a B.A. in political science, he has an M.I.A. (Master of International Affairs) from Columbia University’s School of Public and International Affairs and took his J.D. at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
At Kenyon he was the 2002 recipient of the "Gregg Cup," the college's most prestigious award, given annually to a graduate for "history of service to the college." Engraved on the same cup is a fellow recipient, the late actor, Paul Newman, a 1949 alum "who I had the great privilege of spending an afternoon with at his home in Connecticut."
Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and a California resident since 1974, Rubin lives with his wife, the prominent government relations consultant, Marcia Smolens, in Marin County and their very large English Mastiff, "Winston."
With five grown-up daughters and five grandchildren, "it can be a crowded household at times," says Rubin."