Research Bureau Team

PAM KOCHER . President
pkocher@bmrb.org – 617-227-1900

Pam Kocher was appointed President of the Research Bureau in March 2019.  She was VP of Policy & Research for the previous two years.  She brings to the Research Bureau extensive professional experience working with cities and towns across Massachusetts, including Boston, on a wide range of local and state government policy and finance matters with a focus on best practices. Pam provided state fiscal and management oversight of the City of Lawrence for both the Baker and Patrick administrations. She served as Director of Local Policy in Governor Patrick’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance and as Senior Research Analyst for the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

A resident of Boston, Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Connecticut College and a Master of Public Health from Boston University.

 

JULIA VASTA . Senior Policy Analyst
jvasta@bmrb.org . 617-722-0182
Julia Vasta joins the Research Bureau after completing a Master of Public Policy at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in 2021.  There she worked on a number of research projects covering topics such as housing in Greater Boston and family and caregiving dynamics during COVID-19.  Before graduate school, Julia worked as an immigration paralegal for three years in Boston and New Jersey.  She grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish from Cornell University.

 

ELAINE DANDURAND BEATTIE . Senior Strategic Advisor
ebeattie@bmrb.org – 617-227-1901

Elaine Beattie joined the Research Bureau in 1985 and has held several staff positions during that time focusing on governmental research, Boston’s finances and education.  Elaine has over 30 years experience in public policy and finance.  Currently, she is responsible for the Research Bureau’s communications, technology, website and social media programs. Elaine is also an strategic advisor on research issues and policy positions of the organization as well as events. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and a Master in Business Administration from Suffolk University.