Research Bureau Team

SAMUEL R. TYLER . President – 617-227-1900
Sam Tyler was named President of the Research Bureau in January 1983 and has been a member of the Research Bureau staff since 1972. Under his leadership, the Research Bureau has played an influential role in shaping the direction of public policy over a wide range of municipal and educational issues. Sam is past President of the Governmental Research Association, a national organization of individuals professionally engaged in governmental research. Under his direction, the Research Bureau has received national recognition over the years for the effectiveness and quality of its governmental research. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Political Science from Northeastern University.

PAMELA L. KOCHER . Vice President of Policy & Research – 617-722-0181
Pam Kocher was appointed VP of Policy & Research in March, 2017.  She brings extensive professional experience in local government in Massachusetts at the state and local levels.  She was most recently the Director of Special Initiatives at the Massachusetts Division of Local Services and she provided state fiscal and management oversight for the City of Lawrence as Deputy Fiscal Overseer. Pam is responsible for coordinating all areas of the Research Bureau’s research agenda with specific concentration in city finances.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Connecticut College and a Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health.

JOHN LANDERGAN . Research Associate – 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.