Josh Kastrinsky is the Communications Manager for the Coastal Resilience Center, a federally-funded research and education consortium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that works to protect coastal communities across the country from hazards and create a more diverse homeland security workforce. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., and raised in Nashville, Tenn., he graduated with a journalism degree from Indiana University and has worked at several newspapers in Indiana and North Carolina. As a journalist, he learned about the inner workings of town and county government, working as a reporter, editor, photographer and designer, and winning awards for work as diverse as covering the impact of a years-long drought on local farmers, a murder trial and coverage of local business growth.
Beyond journalism, he worked at a disaster preparedness non-profit and for UNC-Chapel Hill's finance division. With the Coastal Resilience Center, he publicizes the work of more than 20 research teams across 12 states and Puerto Rico, focusing on work that mitigates the impacts of hurricanes and flooding in coordination with FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard and other state and federal officials.
Outside of work, he serves on the Town of Chapel Hill's Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board and volunteers doing voter outreach and engagement. He lives in Durham, N.C., with his wife, son and dog.