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.


MATTHEW BLACKBOURN . Policy Director . 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.

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 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.