REF Departments

Under the direction of Larry Marbert, Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities, the following departments work to provide integrated operational and consulting services to a host of University constituents. We strive to work together and transform lives every day.

Under the direction of Ruth Rubi, Business Operations and Financial Services is a team dedicated to providing strategic planning, decision support, integrated financial management, and human resources support to all departments within the Real Estate and Facilities division.

Under the direction of Janet Gavarrete, Campus Planning and Development provides expertise in master planning, land use, development regulations, mobility initiatives, historic preservation, and campus urban design.  The department provides strategic analysis and direction for future development in compliance with regulations throughout our campuses.


Under the direction of Richard Jones, Design and Construction provides a variety of services and expertise in the management of capital improvement projects ranging from minor renovations to major new construction projects for all University campuses.


Under the direction of James Sprinkle, Facilities Management is responsible for the stewardship of University facilities on the Coral Gables and RSMAS campuses. This department is responsible for building maintenance, access control, energy management, campus infrastructure, fire and security systems, utilities distribution, grounds, and custodial services.


Under the direction of Mathew Shpiner, the Office of Emergency Management is responsible for emergency preparedness, disaster recovery, and business continuity planning for all campuses. This office is also responsible for the University’s Emergency Notification Network (ENN) in coordination with the University of Miami Police Department (UMPD) and the Miller School of Medicine/RSMAS Public Safety Emergency Operations Departments.

Under the direction of Richard Sobaram, Parking and Transportation provides parking services to customers in a safe, effective manner. Their services include parking and transportation operations, customer service, mobility strategies, and special events.



Under the direction of Brian Gitlin, Real Estate is responsible for the University's overall real estate strategy, including acquisition and disposition of real estate assets, enterprise-wide leasing strategies, and management of University owned real estate property.