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Keelin Kuipers

Deputy Director

Keelin Kuipers is deputy director at NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Previously, Kuipers served as the chief of the Policy, Planning, and Communications Division.

In 1999, Kuipers began her NOAA career by working with states to support both the National Coastal Zone Management Program and Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program in the Office for Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Other NOAA roles include special assistant to the assistant administrator of the National Ocean Service, manager of the NOAA Coastal Storms Program, and resilience lead for NOAA’s Coastal Goal.

Prior to NOAA, Kuipers worked for the National Science Foundation for four years on a variety of science policy issues, including biodiversity and endangered species protection.

Kuipers holds a master’s degree in conservation biology and environmental policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Maryland.