Yanitza Brongers Marrero
Director of housing and principal, Moody Nolan
About: Marrero has been with Moody Nolan for nearly 10 years where she leads the architectural firm’s housing studio. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Universidad de Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in architecture from Ohio State University. Marrero lives in Upper Arlington with her husband, two teenage sons and their hermit crab Blue.
I want to build more programming that creates awareness of the possibilities out there and help children who might not have a mentor in their lives to understand the possibilities through education.
Outside of work: Marrero is the first Hispanic president of the Columbus chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She mentors others through involvement with the Center for Architecture and Design Board. And she volunteers at Northwest Christian Church.
What does Columbus need to thrive? We need more livable communities and housing that support our urban core. Housing provides a sense of dignity and when people have that sense of security and belonging you are preparing that individual for a bright future and enabling them to succeed.
Marrero’s idea: Because our future is our youth, I would like to develop a project that mentors young people into finding their passion. I want to build more programming that creates awareness of the possibilities out there and help children who might not have a mentor in their lives to understand the possibilities through education.