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Westford’s Tonakarn-Nguyen joins State Representative Arciero’s office as District Director and Researcher for the Joint Committee on Housing


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BOSTON — State Representative James Arciero has hired Westford’s Anita Tonakarn-Nguyen to serve as his office’s District Director as well as a Researcher for the Joint Committee on Housing. 

Tonakarn-Nguyen, who currently serves as a member of the Westford Select Board, will coordinate district events, deliver constituent services for the towns of Chelmsford, Littleton and Westford and research relevant housing topics, trends and concerns within the Bay State for Representative Arciero, who serves as House Chair, and the Joint Committee on Housing.

“With my work background in consulting for the Administration for Community Living at the federal level, I’m excited to learn more about how I can help people at the state and local level,” said Tonakarn-Nguyen, whose Select Board term ends in May of 2023. 

“I’ve always been drawn to civil engagement and contributing to my community, as now I can do it in a different way by broadening it to the towns of Littleton and Chelmsford,” she added.

Tonakarn-Nguyen previously worked as an independent health policy consultant for Administration for Community Living, a federal agency under the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as well as served as Vice Chair of the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, been on the Board of Directors for Freedom’s Way Heritage Association and been on the Commission on Disability in Westford.

She also has worked alongside the Westford League of Women Voters and Westford Cultural Council since March of 2016.  

Prior to being involved in Westford and Middlesex County politics, Tonakarn-Nguyen, from Arlington, Virginia, received her Bachelors of Science degree in Health Sciences from James Madison University and a Masters Degree in Public Health from Boston University. 

She currently resides in Westford with her husband and two children. 

“I’m incredibly honored and proud to have Anita join my office and the Massachusetts State House,” Representative Arciero said. “Since getting to know Anita during her time on the Westford Select Board, I’ve recognized and admired her intelligence and hard-work as I’m confident her previous work, education and training will be an invaluable asset to the district, Commonwealth and the Massachusetts House of Representatives.”

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