Garibay is a staunch education activist. She was the president of LULAC Council 4859, and a co-founder of the University Leadership Initiative. In December 2011, Ms. Garibay was awarded the Texas AFT Super Advocate and she was a spotlight member from the Texas State Teacher Association in 2011.
Ms. Garibay has overcome many barriers. She, her sister, and mother escaped an abusive father and moved to Austin. She did not speak a word of English and lived in constant fear when she arrived in 1992. Even though she faced many obstacles and fears she excelled academically and seized educational opportunities. Ms. Garibay is currently Vice President for Education Austin. She was also recently elected to be an At Large Member of the Democratic National Committee.
Goodman's public service is one of dedication, interconnectedness and tenacity. Her ability to listen to the community is reflected by the fact that she was elected to four terms of service as an Austin City Council Member. In 1998, she was elected Mayor Pro Tem by her colleagues. Prior to her first election victory in 1993, she served on the Planning Commission and on the Parks & Recreation Board.
From land use planning, environmental stewardship, social services and education to animal rights, civil liberties, libraries and neighborhoods, during her tenure at City Council, she found ways to give voice to underserved and underrepresented points of view and sought balance to the challenges. Ms. Goodman has been a board member of Save Barton Creek Association for more than 30 years. Keeping with her commitment to civic duties, her continued involvement is demonstrated by currently serving on the Zoning and Planning Commission and the Land Development Code Advisory Group.
Ramsey was fortunate to be born into a family where being a girl didn’t limit her opportunities. Her father started calling her “judge” at an early age, so perhaps it’s no surprise she became a lawyer. As a native Austinite, MariBen didn’t stray far from home, attending both UT-Austin for undergraduate and law school. She says she can’t help that she was born in the best city in the US! MariBen traded her 11 years as a corporate securities attorney for the non-profit sector when she joined the Austin Community Foundation. During her 20-year tenure, she served in many roles, including General Counsel, Chief Development Officer and Grants Vice President.
She has always looked for ways to create better opportunities for girls and women. She conceived and launched the Women’s Fund, a women’s philanthropy and grant making group focused on helping non profits supporting women and girls. The Women’s Fund published its first report on the status of women and children in Travis County in 2015, “Stronger Women, Better Austin.” As a long-time active member and past president of The Junior League of Austin, she inspired and mentored many young women. She has served on local, national and international boards, most focused on efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of girls and women, including SafePlace, GENaustin, National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Association of Junior Leagues International. Called “Austin’s Best Friend,” MariBen is a passionate advocate for equality and opportunity. She is the principal of MariBen Ramsey Nonprofit and Philanthropy Consulting.