MariBen received both her BBA in Accounting and her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a shareholder of the law firm of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody before joining the Austin Community Foundation. She served as the foundation’s Chief Philanthropy Officer and General Counsel and was responsible for its grant-making program. During her 20-year tenure, the Foundation grew from $10 million to $160 million in assets and distributed more than $200 million in grants.
MariBen has served on more than 20 boards of non-profit organizations at the local, state, national and international level. She brings not only her legal expertise to these organizations but also her abilities to problem solve, build partnerships and lead others to creative solutions. MariBen advises non-profit organizations in governance, board development, legal issues, fundraising, planning and organizational strategies as well as philanthropic planning for individuals and families.