PAM KOCHER . President
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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
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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.
ELAINE DANDURAND BEATTIE . Senior Strategic Advisor
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