Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Maribel grew up in a military family and lived in the United States, Germany and Panama before she came to UNC-Chapel Hill to study mathematics. She later obtained her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and went on to a multinational career in software development. Thirty years later, she returned to Chapel Hill, and she is now the executive director of student administration and enterprise reporting in UNC’s Information Technology Services department.
Maribel’s gifts to the University have helped support the Carolina Latino/a Collaborative, which underpinned the establishment of the Carolina Latinx Center. She funds Global Take Off: Puerto Rico, a short-term cultural immersion experience for first-year students. And she is an avid supporter of the Carolina Performing Arts Student Ticket Angel Fund, which provides students access to CPA performances for only $10.