Latina writer and director Deborah Franco has written and created a 7 series graphic novel "Bravo Zulu" for the United States Naval Academy as part of the "Fulfill Your Destiny" Campaign intended to increase women and minority applicants. This month the USNA released the first in the series of "Bravo Zulu". Since the campaign's roll out, there has been the highest number of minority applications ever: 4,384, an increase of almost 50 percent over last year.
"It's great to know that the increase in minority and female applicants over the past 6-8 months since the spots have been airing has been tremendous. My goal is to create the kind of branding/informational tools that will continue to attract the best young people in our country to the Naval Academy to become dynamic leaders. I am in awe of the men and women in uniform that I have had the privilege of meeting. Their passion, dedication, and commitment to serving our country has inspired me to capture their stories in a compelling fashion."
As a recognized "Latina" in the industry, Franco is asked to speak on many panels and conferences and has been featured in many publications including the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Prior to her work for the NavalAcademy she was involved in various roles that include media, research, market strategy and creative development of national Latino/Urban Campaigns. In addition to the commercials, promotional videos and now graphic novels, she has a few more "Hollywood-esque" arms of the campaign to roll out.