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Meet the Staff

Matthew Hartman
Chief of Staff

Matt joined Senator Jehlen’s staff in January of 2016 as Chief of Staff, having previously worked for Senator Ken Donnelly of Arlington. A former long-term resident of Somerville with continuing ties to the community, Matt has participated in many local civic activities. He oversees the day-to-day operations of Sen. Jehlen’s office...

Victoria Halal
Senior Policy Director, Elder Affairs and Education

As Senior Policy Director for Elder Affairs and Education, Vicki assists Senator Jehlen with managing legislation that comes before the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs and  the Joint Committee on Education.   Additionally, she works on informational events in the district related to these policy areas, meets with constituents...

Daniel Smith
Legislative Director and General Counsel

Dan Smith joined the office in June, 2011. Dan has worked on various campaigns in Massachusetts, including serving as Representative Jason Lewis’ campaign manager during his successful reelection campaign. His interest in public policy dates back to his undergraduate years at Boston College, when he interned at the State House. After...

Jarred Rose
Constituent Services Director and Policy Advisor

Jarred joined the office in March 2014. As Constituent Services Director, Jarred assists constituents with issues involving state government. Born and raised in Acushnet, MA, Jarred received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst prior to moving to Somerville. Most recently, he worked at...

Tara Smith
Communications Director

Tara Smith began working as Senator Jehlen’s Communications Director in March 2015. Tara grew up in New York and worked at ION Media Networks in New York City prior to coming to the State House. She attended...