HipLatina Contributors:

Kara Perez

Kara Perez

Kara Perez is the founder of Bravely Go, a sustainability focused financial education company. Bravely focuses on bringing actionable, intersectional and accessible financial education through workshops and her blog. She’s currently working on her upcoming book sharing her insights on money management. Additionally, for two years Kara co-hosted the award winning podcast The Fairer Cents, which has been named the top money podcast for women by Forbes and The Balance. 

Follow her on Instagram: @webravelygo

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Anna Ortega

Anna Ortega is a first-gen Venezuelan-American journalist and writer who graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Arts & Culture Journalism and is based in Columbia, MO.

She enjoys writing about all things mental health, Venezuelan culture, first-gen identity, & more.

In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, knitting, eating arepas, and watching any horror or Latinx-led media.

Follow her on Instagram: @annanicortega

Laysha Macedo

Laysha Macedo is a Mexican-American writer and social media assistant at HipLatina.

She focuses on the experiences of first-generation Latinxs while also writing on entertainment, news, and literature.

She recently earned her BA in American Literature & Culture with a minor in Chicanx Studies from UCLA and hopes to continue learning about Latinx representation in films, television, and books as well as discussing the shared experiences of first-generation Latinas in academia.

Follow her on Instagram: @layshamacedo

Sofia Aguilar

Sofía Aguilar

Sofía Aguilar is a Chicana writer and editor based in Los Angeles, California. Her work has appeared in the L.A. Times, Refinery29 Somos, Them., and LatinaMedia.Co, among other publications.

As an alum of WriteGirl and a first-generation college graduate, Sofía earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she received the Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry and the Spencer Barnett Memorial Prize for Excellence in Latin American and Latinx Studies.

You can follow her on Instagram and X @sofiaxaguilar and visit her website sofiaaguilar.com.

Dr. Lisette Sanchez

Dr. Lisette Sanchez is a bilingual licensed psychologist and founder of Calathea Wellness, a virtual practice providing individual therapy in California.

She has a passion for working with BIPOC folxs and first-generation professionals.

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Patricia Alvarado

Patricia Alvarado is a psychotherapist and owner and director of the group practice, Alvarado Therapy

Co-founder of Latinx Healthy Minds

Providing mental health programs for Latinx professionals.

Follow her on Instagram: @alvaradotherapy