Faculty & Staff
Director, Urban Harbors Institute
Jack Wiggin is the director of the Urban Harbors Institute, where he is responsible for the institute's interdisciplinary research and public service projects on coastal area, port, and harbor issues. He has almost 30 years experience in coastal management, port and harbor planning and management, waterfront development, community planning, and public participation. Wiggin has provided technical assistance in these and related areas to local, state, and national governments in the United States and abroad.
Wiggin's work in coastal management and planning includes work as an associate investigator in Bulgaria, responsible for training national and local government officials in coastal management, local coastal plans, assessing coastal issues, environmental impact assessment, GIS mapping, and strategies for program implementation and public participation. He also worked on the coastal element of the Environmental Capacity-Building Action Plan for the Murmansk region of Russia. Wiggin's extensive planning experience includes work on numerous coastal, harbor, and resource management plans in the U.S. He is the chairman of the Advisory Council for the Boston Harbor Islands National Park and serves on the Coastal Resources Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Program. He has taught several undergraduate level courses in coastal management and planning and has made presentations on coastal management, planning, and port management at numerous conferences and workshops.
Prior to joining the institute, Wiggin was senior environmental planner with the Connecticut Coastal Management Program where he assisted the 36 coastal municipalities in preparing comprehensive plans and regulations for their coastal areas. While there, he headed the research, writing, interagency coordination, and initial implementation of Connecticut's Harbor Management Act. He was also chief land use planner with the law firm Robinson & Cole, assisting private and public sector clients with the planning and regulatory aspects of waterfront development and coastal resource protection.