As business officer, Mary Beth Barrow manages the budget and oversees technology projects at WRRI. Her position is currently split between North Carolina Sea Grant, NC Space Grant and WRRI. From 2002-2005, she worked at North Carolina Sea Grant in an administrative position. From 2005 to 2009, Barrow handled financial and grant-related matters for different departments at North Carolina State University. In 2009, she became the finance officer for North Carolina Sea Grant, then added WRRI to her portfolio in 2011 and NC Space Grant in 2018.
Originally from Wake Forest, Barrow graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor of science in political science and a minor in business administration.