Jalyn Marks

Administrative Assistant | Operations and Meetings Team
Phone: 240-821-9377
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Jalyn  Marks

Jalyn Marks is the Administrative Assistant and the Producer of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All! She manages the AUCD Marketplace, tracks invoices, assists with web support, manages general office needs, and helps plan annual meetings, such as the Conference, Gala, and Disability Policy Seminar.

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 provided legal, financial, and medical resources, as well as emotional support and empathy, to callers looking for strategies to navigate the ways in which mental health and substance use disorder experiences are interdisciplinary, affected by race, class, legal status, disability, 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 is open about her invisible disabilities: gastroparesis, POTS, and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (and more). She is happy to talk about and share her experiences.

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

Areas of Interest:

 

  • Invisible Disabilities
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Coverage
  • Advocacy, Storytelling, and Creative Expression
  • LGBTQ2S+