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.
JOHN LANDERGAN . Senior Policy Analyst
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John Landergan was appointed Research Associate in May, 2017. He most recently completed an internship with the New England Council in Washington D.C. John is no stranger to the Research Bureau. He served as a Research Assistant for six months in 2015 through Northeastern University’s Co-op program and has worked at the Research Bureau in a part-time capacity as well. John is involved with Boston’s housing and land-use policies, including Linkage and IDP and is working on various personnel and budget issues. He received a B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration and a Minor in International Affairs from Northeastern University.
JENNIFER STODOLA . Operations & Membership Manager
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Jennifer Stodola joined the Research Bureau in 2017 and is the Operations and Membership Manager for the organization. Jen comes to us with over 10 years of professional experience in administration, human resources, business development and contract management. A real problem solver and team player, Jen most recently used her skills as Office Manager at Sametz Blackstone Associates. In addition to ensuring the office runs smoothly, Jen is responsible for managing and developing the Research Bureau membership program focusing on growing and retaining members and engagement activities.
ELAINE DANDURAND BEATTIE . Senior Advisor
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