Tyra Jones McCollum has lived in Fort Bend County, Texas for most of her life. She moved from south Louisiana with her parents, Peggy and Louis Jones, and grew up in Missouri City where she attended E.A. Jones Elementary and Missouri City Jr. High. She is a proud Class of ’87 “Class and Character” graduate of Willowridge High School.
Tyra is a first generation college graduate who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management at the University of Texas in 1991. She earned her law degree in 1994 from the University of Houston Law Center. After law school graduation, Tyra immediately went into public service as an Assistant City Attorney in Tyler, Texas reviewing contracts, writing advisory opinions for the City Council, and working in the Municipal Court. While in Tyler she also served on the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Board.
A THRIVING CAREER
Tyra married and returned home to work at the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office where she has been for 24 years. She has worked on misdemeanor, intake, felony and specialized caseloads, and currently serves as the Chief of the Juvenile Division—her current role since 2004. She has been a strong voice for children and victims in Fort Bend County throughout her career. No passion has been greater for her than her hands on work to rehabilitate juveniles and young adults. She works closely with parents, families, the Courts, therapists, treatment providers and the juvenile probation department to support the success of juveniles and help them meet their needs in times of delinquency crisis.
Tyra is also an Adjunct Professor at Houston Baptist University (HBU) teaching a government course on “US Court Systems”. She has guest lectured at Texas Southern University and the University of Houston, and regularly makes presentations on Juvenile Law and the justice system.
ROOTED IN THE COMMUNITY
Inspired by her alma mater Willowridge High School, Tyra believes in working in the community with "Class and Character". She has long been rooted in social, civic and community service beginning with her membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the University of Texas. Alongside her children she has been actively engaged in public and private school volunteer boards for PTO and Booster clubs, youth sports, and in her church. She currently serves on the Fort Bend County Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Council and the Sugar Land Memorial Hermann Hospital Community Advisory Board, and is a member of the Exchange Club of Fort Bend. She is immensely proud of her philanthropic work for all children through her leadership in Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Personally, Tyra’s greatest joy is sharing her life with her Willowridge High School sweetheart Quent whom she has been married to for 25 years. She and Quent are most proud of their three sons - attending Florida A&M University (FAMU), University of Louisiana - Lafayette, and high school.