Research Bureau Team

PAM KOCHER . President – 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.


CHRISTINE YU . Policy Analyst – 617-722-0182

Christine Yu joined the Research Bureau in December 2021 as a Policy Analyst.  In her role, Christine focuses on municipal finances, housing and City Council engagement.  Christine brings to this position her experience from her work with the City of Boston’s Department of Youth Engagement and Employment and Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, focusing on Boston’s summer youth employment programs.  In 2020, Christine first joined the Research Bureau as a Co-op intern.  She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology as well as a Master in Public Policy in 2021.

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.


NIKLAS GOULET . Research Assistant – 617-227-1172

Nik Goulet joined the Research Bureau in January 2022, as Research Assistant through the Northeastern Co-op program. Nik will be focusing on the Boston City Council as well as various projects including municipal finance, education and employees. Nik comes to us from Canada where he interned as policy researcher at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He is currently completing his BS in Political Science and Economics at Northeastern University, 2024.

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 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.