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Jessica Montoya Coggins is a writer and journalist living in New York City, who has contributed to a number of publications including NBC News.com, Salon, LATINO, Hispanic Executive and The Dallas Morning News.

Jessica graduated from Harvard University in 2008 with a B.A. in English Literature and a Citation in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. While at Harvard she was both an editor and columnist for The Crimson. She was also the Treasurer of the Harvard College Queer Students and Allies. With a passion for writing, Jessica moved to New York City shortly after her college graduation and began developing her journalistic platform.

Jessica is currently working on two books. The first is a novel about two future sisters-in-law living in New York City, thrown together by circumstance and fate. The next book is non-fiction collaboration with Regina Montoya, and it's a sobering examination of the political, economic and social impact Latinos are having on the United States.

Jessica is one of a handful of Latina journalists who has experience in English-language journalism, with a keen focus on how issues impact the country as a whole. She is fluent in Spanish and has utilized the skill for several interviews. Jessica is an active member in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is also a Junior Board Member Emeritus for Girls Incorporated of New York City.

Follow her on Twitter @JessicaMCoggins.

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