Learn More About Jalina:
Hometown: Danville, CA by way of Baton Rouge, LA
College/Major: Howard University graduate with a B.B.A. in Marketing
Occupation: Congressional Staffer
Years on the team: 3
3 words that best describe me: Fearless, Authentic, Assertive
If I could pick one person to have dinner with it’d be: His Holiness Pope Francis
Besides dancing, I’m a very talented: Writer and orator
Favorite part of the game: Besides when the Wizard Girls take the court to perform, I love t-shirt toss and Dance Cam. I love the synergy in the arena from between us and the fans when they get a chance to participate in the action on game night.
Something people don’t know about me is: I am the founder of a budding social enterprise called Dance Diplomacy.
Something on my bucket list is: Staff a presidential campaign, among other things…
Place I’d most like to travel to: MENA, specifically Oman and Israel
3 things I cannot live without: My faith, my family, my friends
Favorite food: Crawfish (any style- broiled, bisque, etouffee, you name it) and red beans and rice
TV Show: "National Journal," "No Reservations," "SNL"
Book: "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle
DC Restaurant: Le Diplomate, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Baked & Wired
Song: "Breathless" by Corrine Bailey Rae
Quote/Saying: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”