Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Jenna Malsbary

Employer/Organization: Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Practice Area(s): Government, Health Law, Medicaid, Civil Litigation

Why did you join the TYLA board? To be a part of an organization that has an impact serving the state and nation. To participate as a leader and organizer creating and supporting service projects to young lawyers and the public.

What advice would you give to other TYLA members who are looking for ways to grow professionally? Don’t be afraid to reach out to attorneys who work in an area of law you are interested in, or already practicing in, to ask for their mentorship. Surround yourself with attorneys who you look up to and want to support and help you grow professionally.

Before joining the TYLA board, what is your favorite experience with community or public service? Participating and leading to plan the Austin Young Lawyers Association annual Day of Service, which is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and volunteering at the Women’s Resource Fair.

What was your favorite movie, TV show, musical artist, or song from high school/college? Musical Artist: Incubus. Movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.