Eldridge Announces Staff Hires

For Immediate Release
1/15/09

Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) has announced his State Senate staff, including Neel Chaudhury as Chief of Staff, Sally Schnitzer as Legislative Director, Melissa Threadgill as Communications Director, Brendan Jarboe as Legislative Aide, Peggy Ayers as District Director, and Beata Bujalska as Office Manager.

“I’ve brought together a talented, well-seasoned group of people to form my Senate staff.  They come from varied backgrounds and bring a broad range of experience — and all of them are dedicated to serving the people of the Middlesex & Worcester District to the best of their abilities,” noted Senator Eldridge.  “I was particularly pleased to have been able to keep two staff members – Sally and Peggy – from Senator Resor’s staff, to provide as much continuity and familiarity with the district as possible.”

Chief of Staff Neel Chaudhury comes from Senator Eldridge’s House staff, where he served as Legislative Aide. A native of Brookline, Chaudhury earned a degree in Economics at Boston University. He brings experience from both the public and private sector; before joining Eldridge’s staff, Chaudhury worked in US Fixed Income Securities Finance at State Street Bank and Trust. Chaudhury also served as the Field Director for Eldridge’s 2007 Congressional Campaign, and spent time working in U.S. Representative Barney Frank’s office in Washington, D. C.  Chaudhury has the distinction of being the first Indian-American to serve as a Chief of Staff in the Senate.

Sally Schnitzer, Legislative Director, is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Wisconsin, with degrees in geology and water resources management.  She has worked for and served on the boards of several regional environmental organizations.  A resident of the Town of Concord, she is a former member and former chairman of the town’s conservation commission, planning board, public works commission, and Board of Selectmen.  Sally was Legislative Director for former State Senator Pamela Resor from 2005 to 2008.

Melissa Threadgill joins the staff as Communications Director. Most recently, Threadgill served as Communications Director for MassEquality, a statewide advocacy organization working for LGBT equality, including equal marriage rights. Before coming to MassEquality, Melissa was an Account Executive at Bishoff Communications, a Boston-based public relations firm. Threadgill is also a veteran of numerous political campaigns, including Sonia Chang-Diaz’s campaign for State Senate and Maura Hennigan’s 2005 campaign for Mayor of Boston. Threadgill earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics at Oberlin College.

Brendan Jarboe will be serving as Senator Eldridge’s Legislative Aide.  Mr. Jarboe, a native of Acton, graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in May of 2008 with a degree in History.  Prior to working at the Statehouse Mr. Jarboe served as the Field Director for Senator Eldridge’s campaign.

District Director Peggy Ayers will be running Senator Eldridge’s district office in Marlborough, where she resides. Prior to joining Eldridge’s staff, she served Senator Pam Resor as District Director for ten years. A mother of six children (with three grandchildren), Ayers has been very active in the community, including Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Commission, Chair of the City of Marlborough Recycling Committee, and a Board Member of MassRecycle.  In 2008, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by Marlborough Mayor Nancy Stevens. Ayers is a graduate of Framingham State College.

Beata Bujalska, Office Manager, is a graduate student in Philosophy at Tufts University. Most recently, she’s interned with Mass Alliance and at the Laborer’s International Union of North American in their Strategic Communications Department.