ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pope Francis Among TIME's 100 Most Influential People

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pope Francis Among TIME's 100 Most Influential People

A Pulitzer Prize winning Puerto Rican composer, an Argentinian Queen of the Netherlands, and an Academy Award winning Mexican film director are among TIME Magazine's 2016 '100 Most Influential People' list released Thursday.

Over 10 Latino and Latin American figures, including Queen MΓ‘xima of the Netherlands, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, and 'Jane The Virgin' Actress Gina Rodriguez, made the list that categorizes trailblazers into five groups: Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders, and Icons. The profiles for each person were written by influential people such as Vice-President Joe Biden, Actress Rita Moreno, and directors J.J. Abrams and Guillermo del Toro.

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"Mourning With You": Influential Latinos React To Prince's Death

"Mourning With You": Influential Latinos React To Prince's Death

Goldman Environmental Prize Honors Leaders From Peru and Puerto Rico

Goldman Environmental Prize Honors Leaders From Peru and Puerto Rico