Meet Our Writers


Meet our Contributing Writers

Linda Castillo is the Founder and Executive Editor of She writes on topics that empower and inspire Latinas including art, motherhood, green living, culture, travel, and issues transforming the Latino community. Linda has earned a B.S. in Business and a M.S. in Mass Communications from San Jose State University.


Jasmine Colón grew up in the Central Valley of California where she suffered through hot summers and foggy winters. Hiding from the local elements, she was often found in her school library with her nose in multiple books. Exchanging extreme temperatures for a more mild setting she headed off to the beaches of Santa Cruz where she earned her B.A. in Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz. Moving on to San Jose, she found a renewed love for libraries and earned her M.L.I.S. (Master of Library and Information Science) from SJSU. Jasmine is an academic librarian at a Bay Area community college. She is currently trying to beat her personal best of reading 95 books in one year.

Ana has been with Modern Latina since 2010 as a Communications Specialist, Video Producer and Event Producer. She has a passion for storytelling through media, the Latino culture and combining the two together. Ana studied Television Broadcasting and has a Masters degree in Communication Studies.



Web-PerlitaPerlita Dicochea earned her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley, M.A. in Communication Studies at Arizona State University, and B.A. in Communication Studies at Santa Clara University. She has been a professor of Ethnic Studies and Communication Studies since 1997 and has published original research about Chicana feminism and environmental justice issues. Dr. Dicochea is the mother of a 9-year-old chihuahua, 19-month-old boy and 3-month-old girl and is a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor. Visit her on Facebook at


Marcela Davison Aviles is an author, lawyer and founder of Chapultepec Group, a leading cultural insights agency serving the arts and entertainment industry and Managing Director of Camino Arts, a new arts social venture initiative.



Angela Hedges put aside a career in social media to pursue her passions: family and writing. As a mother she is inspired to explore the struggles and joys found in the ever-changing landscape of modern parenting. Her blog With Fail chronicles her journey as a writer. Angela also dead-blogs about the remarkable life of her grandmother on the aptly-named My Dead Grandmother.


Web-MariTwinsMaribel and Marisol Joven, better known as the Mari Twins were born in New York City from Ecuadorian and Spaniard Parents and they serve as positive role models in their community. They are passionate about their culture, health and wellness, education, and fashion. Currently residing in New Jersey, Maribel and Marisol have successful careers in the Education and Healthcare fields. Maribel and Marisol’s efforts to better the well-being of others or create awareness can be found in their volunteer work. The Mari Twins are proud to represent the Icla DaSilva Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of America, Handfuls of Hope, and are Sunday School Teachers at their local church. Maribel is the current Ms. Latina Galaxy and former Ms. Belleza Latina International 2013. Marisol is the current Ms. New Jersey Belleza Latina. You can follow them on their blog, Life with The Mari Twins.

Delilah Montoya, lives in San Jose and is a mother of two. She works in the Silicon Valley and also runs her own makeup business Fancy that Face Beauty and blog Fancy That!. She has been passionate about makeup, beauty and fashion since she was a young girl. She is a self-taught artist who has worked along side some amazing artist for companies such as Bare Escentuals and MAC Cosmetics. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her children, family and friends. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, music, cooking and anything fashion and beauty related.

Nicole Moreno has always considered herself more of a city girl, however she grew up in the outskirts of Gilroy, a little country town just two hours south of San Francisco. From her internship days at KPIX 5 in San Francisco to her current position as a Community Development Director for Girl Scouts of northern California she has always had a product or company to promote. Currently she is a member of the San Francisco chapter of the American Marketing Association, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Bay Area Advertising Relief Committee and volunteers with Alzheimer’s Association and Reading Partners.

Rachel Ramirez Garcia has written for Modern Latina since 2006, in addition to  Many of her articles reflect her interest and specialty in skin, beauty, and nutrition.  Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from San Jose State University.

Danielle Rodriguez lives in San Jose, CA with her husband and three children. She works in Silicon Valley and also runs a home based skincare business. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling to her favorite spot in Cabo San Lucas and sharing good food and wine! She’s a native San Josean and received her BS in Public Relations from San Jose State University.


Angela Zapien was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She currently resides in South San Jose with her husband Alex and their dog, Latte. She is the Fitness Coach for The Pink Ladies Boot Camp and is both TRX Certified and CPR Certified. Her hobbies include running, scrapbooking, reading, helping others and going to church.

Want to Write for Modern Latina

Modern Latina is seeking contributing writers who are knowledgeable and passionate about creating compelling and original content that will transform and inspire Modern Latina readers. We are looking for writers in the following areas: Health, Beauty, College/Career, Green Living, and more.

Benefits of Writing for Modern Latina:

  • Make Connections: Your stories will be viewed by thousands of returning and new Modern Latina readers each month. Through your articles you will be able to build your online brand. As a contributing writer, you will receive brief writer’s biography of yourself at the end of each article which can link back to your own blog or business website. This can result in driving traffic to your business or even lead to other writing opportunities.
  • Build your Skills: Are you interested in a writing career? Do you want to update your skill set? Writing for Modern Latina will help you build your writing portfolio and you have the flexibility to write the articles on topics that interest you at your own pace. Many employers are interested in seeing a diverse area of skills and experience therefore writing in a blog is good to add to your resume.
  • Sharing your Passions: Do you love fashion or politics? Well here’s your chance to share your passion with others. Writing for Modern Latina is a great way to develop a base of readers and build relationships with others who share similar views.

Contact Us: To be considered as a regular contributor, we ask that you make a commitment to publish an article at least once a month. However, if you don’t have the time to commit to writing an article on a regular basis we also consider one time article submissions. For more information about how you can be a part of Modern Latina writing team email