True Success is Being a Public Servant

JOSELINE A. PEÑA-MELNYK of the Maryland House of Delegates, Democrat, District 21, Anne Arundel & Prince George's Counties has a True Conversation with us about the journey of being a public servant. 



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Member of House of Delegates since January 10, 2007. Member, Health and Government Operations Committee, 2007- (government operations subcommittee, 2007-14; public health & long-term care subcommittee, 2007-14; government operations & long-term care subcommmittee, 2015-17; government operations & estates & trusts subcommittee, 2017-; chair, public health & minority health disparities subcommittee, 2015-). Member, Regional Revitalization Work Group, 2013-; Joint Oversight Committee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, 2014-; Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders, 2015-. House Chair, Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2011-14. Member, Public Safety and Policing Work Group, 2015-16; Punitive Damages Work Group, 2016-17. Chair, Bi-County Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2013-14 (vice-chair, law enforcement & state-appointed boards committee, 2007-08, member, 2015-; vice-chair, county affairs committee, 2008-10; chair, washington suburban sanitary commission committee, 2011-12). Prince George's County Co-Chair, Bi-County Delegation, 2011-14. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2007-; Women Legislators of Maryland, 2007-; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2016-; Maryland Military Installation Legislative Caucus, 2017-. Treasurer, Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus, 2017- (chair, 2014-17).

Member, Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement, 2007-08; Task Force on the Preservation of Heritage Language Skills in Maryland, 2008-09. House Co-Chair, Task Force to Study the Procurement of Health and Social Services by State Agencies, 2009-10; Task Force to Study the Procurement of Health, Education, and Social Services by State Agencies, 2010-12; Governor's Wellmobile Program Advisory Board, 2011-. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 2012. Member, Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, 2013-16; Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System, 2014; Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, 2015-.

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, U.S. Department of Justice, 1997-99.

Member, City Council, College Park, representing District 4, 2003-06. Former member, Recreation Board, College Park.

Born in Dominican Republic, June 27, 1966. Attended John F. Kennedy High School, Bronx, New York; Buffalo State College, B.A. (criminal justice), 1987; University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York, J.D., 1991. Admitted to District of Columbia Bar, 1994; Pennsylvania Bar, 1994. Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1991-92. Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2008. Co-Chair, Latino Leadership Council, Maryland Democratic Party, 2010-. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2012. Eastern Region Board of Directors, Women in Government. Member, North College Park Civic Association; West College Park Civic Association; College Park Rotary Club. Rising Legal Star, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2007. Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2008 (certificate of appreciation, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011). Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2015. Married; three children.