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.

 

MATTHEW BLACKBOURN . Policy Director
mblackbourn@bmrb.org . 617-722-0181
Matt Blackbourn was appointed Policy Director in October 2019.  He comes to the Research Bureau with eight years of professional experience in policy research and technology environments. Before coming to the Research Bureau, Matt led content development and product design for multiple projects at Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, HBS Online. Before that, Matt served in a number of roles at the Boston-based think tank, the Pioneer Institute, where he led research and various initiatives on transportation, education, and the sharing economy.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Tulane University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude.

 

LILY CORMAN PENZEL . Senior Policy Analyst
lcormanpenzel@bmrb.org . 617.227.1900

Lily Corman Penzel joined the Research Bureau in June 2020 as the Senior Policy Analyst. She comes to the Research Bureau with several years of public policy research experience. Prior to joining the Research Bureau, Lily was a consultant with the Public Consulting Group where she worked with state agencies across the country to improve their operations and implement regulatory reform.  Lily will focus on education in Boston, including BPS finances and policies.

A lifelong Massachusetts resident, Lily holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College.

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.