After a career in architecture in New York and Mexico City Mariangie returned to her home in Puerto Rico, at a time when most professionals were leaving the island to pursue better opportunities in the U.S. In San Juan, as Mariangie began her journey to launch a culinary tech startup, she realized there was a lack of co-working space available for the local entrepreneurship scene. In a pivot, she put a pause on her startup and in 2017 founded cocohaus, the first co-working space in the Santurce district of San Juan.
For Mariangie, entrepreneurship is the answer to the economic turmoil that has overpowered the island for decades. She believes networks are a powerful instrument and her mission is to empower and catalyze this community by providing the right working spaces.
In February 2019, Mariangie was invited to attend Facebook’s Communities Summit, where 400 community leaders were hand-picked to attend conferences and access mentoring at the company’s headquarters. She has attended a number of other relevant conferences and workshops, including the Global Coworking Unconference Conference in Canada and the UD, SXSW and Startup Grind. Mariangie serves the boards of various community organizations that work on the betterment of her community of Santurce.
Mariangie is a graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.