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Marichu Valencia Senior Interior Designer with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Residential Design & Cultural Heritage Program, U.S. Department of State (Retired)

Board Member Bio

Marichu C. Valencia is an active advocate and patron contributing her time and expertise to non-profit organizations focused on the youth, arts, music, design, education, andmanagement. She also volunteers with community outreach programs to assist the disadvantaged.

Marichu is a collaborative leader known for building strong relationships and partnerships. She currently serves as the Secretary, Board of Trustees, Delaware Art Museum; on the Executive Committee, Vice President Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware; and on the University of Delaware, President’s Leadership Council. Marichu is former Vice President, Board of Directors, Washington, DC Chapter of NEWH, The Hospitality Industry Network which raises and grants scholarships for students studying design, architecture, purchasing, and management in the lodging and restaurant markets.

Marichu volunteers her interior design expertise for the renovation of the Ronald McDonald House Delaware and the Newark (DE) Senior Center. Other organizations that benefit from Marichu’s service include the University of Delaware’s Master Players Concert Series and Meals on Wheels. She supports Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and, as a visiting volunteer, assisted with the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the devastating super typhoon Haiyan.

A native of the Philippines, Marichu received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her unique combination of creative design and business management acumen. While living in Washington, DC, Marichu most recently served with the U.S. Department of State as Senior Interior Designer with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Residential Design & Cultural Heritage Program until her retirement in 2013.

Previously, she worked as an interior design manager with Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Architects + Interiors, Marriott International, and Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. where she designed and managed hospitality projects in the U.S. and abroad.

Marichu currently lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband Donald J. Puglisi, a member of the University of Delaware Board of Trustees and Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware Lerner College of Business & Economics.

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