New chief of staff to lead Essaibi George’s office

Jessica Rodriguez

Boston City Councillor Annissa Essaibi-George this week announced a series changes to her staff, including promoting Jessica Rodriguez to lead her all-female staff.

Essaibi-George’s former chief of staff, Alana Olsen, stepped down from the position after two years to pursue other opportunities.

Rodriguez, a Boston native with parents from El Salvador, lives in Hyde Park. She attended Boston Public Schools before studying at Holy Cross, graduating in 2015 with a degree in English, and a Women’s and Gender Studies concentration. Rodriguez never imagined a career in politics, but after volunteering with the Chica Project—a nonprofit that reconnects Women of Color with economic opportunities—she unearthed a passion for civic engagement. In 2016 she seized the opportunity to serve as Policy and Research Assistant for Councillor Essaibi-George. In her new role as chief of staff, Rodriguez will also act as the administrator for the councillor’s budget process and her work on the Education Committee.

In addition to Rodriguez’s promotion, Essaibi-George also promoted Mattapan-resident Nadine Jean to director of policy and research, Dorchester-resident Karen Foley to constituent services manager, Brighton-resident DB Reiff to special projects and Press Liaison, and Roslindale resident Kelly Ransom to director of communications and events.

“[I am] proud to be working with such bright, motivated, and inspiring women who are dedicated to making Boston a better place to live and do business in,” Essaibi-George said in a statement.