AUCD Welcomes Jalyn Marks as Administrative Assistant

October 13, 2017

Jalyn Marks is the Administrative Assistant at AUCD. She provides a variety of supports for the office, as well as for specific departments, including the Operations and Development, Web Services, Finance & Grants, Marketing & Public Engagement, and Public Health & Leadership teams.

Before coming to AUCD, Jalyn interned at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on their Policy & Advocacy team. At NAMI, she worked on projects involving Medicaid protection/expansion and mental health parity. She also volunteered on the National HelpLine, where she gained firsthand experience of the ways in which mental health and disability issues are interdisciplinary, affected by race, class, legal status, age, and more.
Jalyn believes that being open about disability and sharing stories helps to reduce stigma and educate others. While an undergrad, she received two grants to publish a disability and mental health literary magazine. A spoonie herself, Jalyn has three invisible illnesses: gastroparesis, POTS, and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

Jalyn is a graduate of Grinnell College, with a BA in English