Franklin joined UTRGV’s legacy institution (UTPA) in 2003 to manage projects for Facilities, Planning, and Construction. In 2009, she has founded the Office for Sustainability and now is the UTRGV Chief Sustainability Officer. Under her leadership, UTRGV (and its legacy institution, UTPA) has forged forward in creating a sustainable development platform for the University and the region it serves, influencing partnerships nationally and globally. In 2014, the University received its first annual Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA designation, and has continued to so every year since. UTRGV received its Silver STAR from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in 2015. In the next year, UTRGV received its first Sierra Club Cool Schools ranking and its first rating from The Princeton Review’s Green Schools. Furthermore that year, AASHE highlighted the University in its 2016 Sustainable Campus Index in the area of academics. UTRGV is engaging and uniting every corner of the university to create an environment in which all members of the campus community are generating knowledge, acquiring skills, developing values, and initiating sustainable practices in their personal and professional lives. By embedding sustainability in its strategic plan, UTRGV shows its commitment to the future. Franklin has a Bachelor in Architecture from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico.