Maribel Medina is Tampa Bay Water’s new planning and projects director, effective as of Feb. 19, 2023. In this position, she provides leadership and direction for the agency’s planning and projects division and is responsible for Tampa Bay Water’s program and project management strategy.
Prior to this position, Medina served as interim senior manager of engineering, where she liaised with the executive team on strategic matters, such as capital program management and high-profile projects. Most recently, she served as the agency’s planning and projects department manager since April 2020.
Medina began her career with Tampa Bay Water in 2008 as a project manager/senior engineer, responsible for coordinating the annual update of 80-plus projects in the agency’s Capital Improvements Program in addition to managing multiple capital and non-capital projects for the agency and overseeing engineering consultants. She also developed the agency’s energy program policy.
Prior to Tampa Bay Water, Medina was a permitting engineer with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, a project manager with an environmental services firm and a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Medina graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in addition to taking graduate level science and engineering courses from Virginia Tech. She is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and certified project management professional (PMP) and is an active member of the Project Management Institute, American Water Works Association and the Florida Engineering Society.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to lead the professionals in our planning and projects division, and I’m looking forward to contributing in a larger role toward the agency’s continued success,” Medina said.