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Staff Snapshots | Afnan Nehela

June 16, 2022 | State Legislatures News | Print

Afnan Nehela

Hometown: Cambridge, Mass.

Role: Communications Director to Massachusetts Sen. Jamie Eldridge

Years of legislative service: Three

The skill or talent she’s proudest of: “Being a good listener. I believe that improving my listening skills can build trust and make me a better and more effective advocate.”


Why did you choose to work at the legislature?

The political process impacts everything; if you don’t engage with it, it will engage with you. I find it very fulfilling to be a part of the political process as a minority, giving back to my community by informing them of the tools and recourses available to them.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

No matter how big or small the work you are doing, do it with excellence and perfection.

Who or what inspires you?

My faith and values.

What’s one thing you love about your state?

The seasons and the natural beauty. You can get it all in Massachusetts: the mountains, the trees, the snow, the ocean—all of it!

What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?

Reading “Better, Not Bitter,” an inspirational memoir written by prison reform activist Yusef Salaam, one of the “Exonerated Five,” as Oprah Winfrey called them, whose wrongful convictions in the Central Park Five case were overturned.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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