BPUB manager named STEM Woman of the Year by Zonta Club

April 3 — Marilyn D. Gilbert, executive director and CEO of the Brownsville Public Utilities Board, was appointed Amélie Earhart STEM Woman of the Year by the Zonta Club of Brownsville.

The award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Gilbert became the first woman to lead BPUB when the utility’s board appointed her managing director and CEO in February 2023. She joined BPUB in 2000, serving in various roles from key account director, risk manager energy companies and director of energy services before leaving in 2014 for jobs. in New York and California.

Gilbert, who returned to BPUB in 2022, serves on the board of directors of the Texas Public Power Association and is a member of the Rio Grande Water Planning Group (Region M). She was previously a member of the Rio Grande Water Authority Group, the National Association Transmission Forum, the North American Transmission Forum, the Southern California Public Power Association, the California Utilities Municipal Association and the Large Public Power Council.

Gilbert has also served on numerous local boards, committees, and volunteer groups, such as the Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees, the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas STEM Advisory Committee, and the North Brownsville Rotary Club .

She said she was “humbled and honored” by this recognition.

“It is crucial that we continue to empower women, helping them realize their dreams through encouragement and sharing our experiences,” Gilbert said. “I look forward to continuing to do the work I love for the betterment of our community.”

The Zonta Club of Brownsville is a chapter of the Zonta International USA Caucus, an international organization dedicated to building a better world for women and girls by empowering them through service and advocacy.

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