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Marianella Franklin, Director of Sustainability Programs.

She has been with UTPA since 2002 managing projects for Facilities Planning and Construction. She earned her Bachelor in Architecture from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. Mrs. Franklin was transitioned into the new role as Director of the Office for Sustainability shortly after receiving her certification as Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), putting UTPA among the first to begin a sustainability office in the UT system. Mrs. Franklin's passion for sustainability began from her desire to improve quality of design within architecture, which quickly spread to a concern of overall lifestyle for both campus and community. Her 12 year old daughter Jasmine is an added inspiration; she and her friends are eager to see changes as they prepare for university life, and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Marianella Q. Franklin

(956) 665-7301

Monica Raygada, Program Coordinator

She recently joined the UTPA Office for Sustainability with a background in the private sector and specializing in communication. Her previous work includes the editorial field, where she has participated in and directed several publications and has experience in marketing and visual design. She has led and organized community service projects and environmental awareness programs. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts with studies in Communication from the University of Nuevo Leon and holds a Certificate for Sustainable Development from Universidad Regiomontana. Her deepest passion and concern is to share knowledge that leads others towards efforts on conservation of our natural resources and quality of life improvement and her wish is to leave a legacy for her children to continue passing on: we have only one Earth and one life, let’s celebrate and preserve both.

Monica Raygada

(956) 665-2488

Naomi Keith, Office Assistant

She began working with the Office for Sustainability full-time in September, 2012 after being on staff part time when she was hired in June, 2011. She comes to UTPA from the City of McAllen Recycling Center where she spent four years developing a passion for sustainability. With further background in purchasing and office management, she brings many assets to our team. She and her husband have been in the Valley for seven years and love the many new experiences it has brought to their lives.

Naomi Keith

(956) 665-2488



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