Joel Rubin is a seasoned practitioner of foreign policy and politics, with nearly 20 years of federal experience in government, advocacy, and both Chambers of Congress. Rubin has served at senior levels at the State Department and also ran for the U.S. Congress, providing him with a unique skill set that will help clients navigate the political dimensions of the U.S. foreign policy community. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, teaching a graduate course on international affairs.
During Rubin’s recent run for Congress in 2015 – 2016 in the historic Maryland-8 Democratic primary, he was described by the New York Times as having “serious foreign policy credentials.” He was also profiled in the Washington Post.
Prior to running for Congress, from 2014 – 2015, Rubin was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs where he was the senior official in charge of the State Department’s relations with the U.S. House of Representatives.
From 2008 – 2014, Rubin was a leading political advocate on national security and foreign policy issues, promoting active American diplomacy to resolve the Iran nuclear crisis, to restrain nuclear proliferation, and to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He served as the Policy and Government Affairs Director of Ploughshares Fund, a leading global security foundation, where he led the advocacy coalition that supported the Iran nuclear deal.
Rubin served as a senior aide in the U.S. Senate from 2006 – 2008. He joined the office of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) as a Brookings Institution Legislative Fellow, handling his criminal justice appropriations issues. He later joined the office of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) as his National Security Advisor. In 2008, Rubin won the “Congressional Staffer of the Year” award from the Military Officers Association of America for his work in support of military health care.
Earlier, from 1999 – 2005, Rubin was a career official at the State and Energy Departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID). He won numerous awards for this work, including the State Department’s Superior Honor award. During this time, he ran programs to promote solar energy deployment across the United States, economic reform in the Middle East, and support for the war on terrorism. He began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Rubin has been a fixture in the national media on foreign policy issues, including frequent television appearances on MSNBC, CBS, Fox, BBC, and CNN. He also writes for Huffington Post and has published opinion pieces in multiple outlets, including Politico, Foreign Policy, and The Hill. In addition, he has been quoted on foreign policy issues by the Daily Beast, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Washington Post, and al-Monitor.
Rubin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with a Minor in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.