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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 and advocates...

Mark Martinez
Policy and Budget Advisor

Mark joined Senator Jehlen’s staff in December 2018 as a Policy and Budget Advisor. Mark grew up in Western Mass and has worked on policy on the national and state level. Mark received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Western New England University and his Law Degree from Northeastern University. While completing his...

Tara Smith
Communications Director

Tara Smith began working as Senator Jehlen’s Communications Director in March 2015. Tara works with Senator Jehlen, staff, and advocates to develop public relations and legislative strategies for moving the Senator’s...

Zoe Iacovino
Constituent Services Director

Zoe started as Senator Jehlen’s Constituent Services Director in June 2017. Born and raised in Somerville, Zoe is excited to be serving the community she grew up in. She is a graduate of Somerville High and Wellesley College, where she earned a BA in Political Science. During her time in college, she spent two of her summers working on...