Research Bureau Team

MARTHA M. WALZ . Interim President – 617-227-1900

Martha (Marty) Walz joined the Research Bureau in November 2023 as Interim President. She has over 35 years of experience and leadership positions in the non-profit, corporate, and government sectors, including work in interim leadership roles for a diverse array of organizations. Previously, Marty served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, leading the organization’s health care, education, and advocacy work. She is also a former Massachusetts State Representative. Marty holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She is a resident of South Boston.

GRANT FARRINGTON . Policy Analyst – 617-722-0182
Grant Farrington joined the Research Bureau in February 2023 as a Policy Analyst. In his role, Grant monitors the activities of the City Council and reports on research affecting the City, with a particular interest in housing, transportation and environmental issues. Grant brings experience and knowledge of policy analysis in both academic and nonprofit settings. Grant has a strong interest in municipal government and serves on his Town’s Historical Commission and Community Preservation Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and History and a Master’s degree in American Government from Georgetown University.

ERIN McGINLEY . Membership & Operations Manager – 617-848-4322

Erin McGinley joined the Research Bureau in 2020 as the Membership and Operations Manager. Erin focuses on member development and engaging all Directors and Members in Research Bureau activities. She also facilitates the operations of the organization. In her role, Erin manages and produces the Research Bureau’s two signature events, the Henry L. Shattuck Awards and the Annual Meeting of Directors and Members. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Erin has previously worked in Shanghai, China and New York City, and she is proud to bring over a decade of experience in management, event planning, and program design to her role.

ELAINE DANDURAND BEATTIE . Senior Strategic Advisor – 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 35 years of 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 a 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.