Research Bureau Team

PAMELA L. 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.

NICHOLAS MILANO . Senior Policy Analyst – 617-722-0181

Nicholas Milano joined the Research Bureau as its Senior Policy Analyst in February 2019. His past professional experience with the Marlborough Mayor’s Office, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and the Massachusetts House of Representatives gives him experience across different forms and levels of government. As the chief administrative aide to Mayor Arthur Vigeant, Nicholas played a key role in the City of Marlborough’s operations, finances and administration. Nicholas served on the City’s collective bargaining team, financial team, and assisted with the hiring of key employees and department heads. Prior to Marlborough, he worked at the Massachusetts School Building Authority providing support and guidance to cities and towns as they designed and built school facilities projects. Nicholas has a Master’s in Urban Affairs from Boston University and is a graduate of Boston Latin School.

JOHN LANDERGAN . Policy Analyst – 617-722-0182
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 – 617-227-1900
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 – 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 advisor on research issues and policy positions of the organization. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and a Master in Business Administration from Suffolk University.