2018 Distinguished Women Award Recipient

CBE’s Maria Esperanza Ubago Chosen as a 2018 Distinguished Women Award Recipient

Read Maria’s bio from the event and learn why she was so easy to nominate.

Maria Ubago
CHERYL PUGH (2017 recipient; Office for Undergraduate Studies): It is my pleasure to introduce our next Distinguished Women Award recipient, Maria Esperanza Ubago. She has worked in the College of Business and Economics (CBE) for twelve years. She describes her time at the university as “an incredible, memorable, and enjoyable journey.” This positive experience is largely due to the satisfaction she feels in serving the college students and from working with excellent faculty and staff.

Maria began working with the College of Business and Economics in the Information Systems Department as an Administrative Support Assistant I. Within less than one year, she applied for and was promoted to a new role, becoming the department’s Administrative Support Coordinator I.

While in the CBE, Ms. Ubago has had the opportunity to lend her support and expertise on a wide range of areas and activities. For example, in 2013, she transitioned to the Dean’s Office on a temporary assignment as assistant to the dean. Soon after, Maria was asked to continue lending her support to the Dean’s Office in a different role. In this new support role, she become the centralized staff member to coordinate college travel and events, while continuing to support the Information System Department.

Maria was assigned to the Staff Support Center in the CBE, where she continues to work closely with the faculty of the Information Systems Department. She provides such excellent student service that you will find faculty from other departments reaching out to her for assistance. One of her nominators shared, “Maria is the epitome of grace under fire. Several students have complimented Maria and told her that she is one of a few people on campus who goes out of their way to assist them with a problem.”

Among the many reasons Maria enjoys working at Cal State LA, the one that brings her the most satisfaction is supporting students and, in so doing, positively impacting their academic journey with both the CBE and the university.

Outside of her daily role and responsibilities with the college, Maria enjoys volunteering for Preview Day, the Alumni Awards Gala, Grad Fair, and Commencement. Maria is the proud mother of Kazzandra and Nicolas – both future Cal State LA Golden Eagles – who, along with her fiancé Victor have enjoyed visiting the university on several occasions.

Please join me and congratulate Maria Esperanza Ubago, a 2018 Distinguished Woman Award recipient.


The Distinguished Women Awards is an annual event sponsored by the Cross Cultural Centers and University-Student Union. Each year, women are honored for a variety of accomplishments, including achievements within the nominee’s field, significant contributions to Cal State LA, commitment to students, commitment to women’s issues and gender equity issues, community engagement, and professional recognition.  Read more about the 20th annual Distinguished Women Awards ceremony on March 14, 2018.