The Research Bureau Staff
Timothy J. McGourthy was appointed Executive Director of the Worcester Regional Research
Bureau, Inc. in February 2014. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Clark University. Mr. McGourthy’s background includes policy development for local, state, and federal initiatives. Immediately prior to his role at The Research Bureau, Mr. McGourthy served as Chief Development Officer of the City of Worcester and Chief Executive Officer of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority. He oversaw nine City divisions related to business development, culture, housing, neighborhoods, planning, workforce development, and youth and worked closely with public and private partners to facilitate transformative redevelopment projects for Worcester. He has served as Director of Policy at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston’s planning and economic development agency, where he crafted policies and programmatic solutions to a broad range of issues impacting the growth and development of the city. Mr. McGourthy’s research experience at Carnegie Corporation of New York explored issues of social development and international affairs. He also worked for Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Governor’s Office. Mr. McGourthy was appointed to serve on the Baker-Polito Better Government Transition Committee and the Governor’s Economic Development Policy Council. Mr. McGourthy holds a bachelor’s degree in history from The College of William & Mary, a master’s degree in government from The Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Eric Kneeland is a Program Associate with The Research Bureau, overseeing general operations of the office — including administrative and financial support – as well as development activities. Eric is also responsible for marketing and outreach efforts, including the coordination and promotion of research events, publications, and forums. Eric began his career with The Research Bureau as a Research Intern in the spring of 2016. As an intern, he collaborated with fellow researchers to produce reports and briefs regarding issues in Greater Worcester. He graduated magna cum laude
from Assumption College in May of 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and an Honors Certificate following publication of an Honors Thesis “Homeless Service Providers’ Assessments of the Effectiveness of Housing First Programs in Maine.”
Mary Beth Burke – Research Associate
Mary Beth joined The Research Bureau staff in the spring of 2013. Her primary responsibilities involve researching and writing research reports covering a wide variety of public policy issues in Worcester and the region. The ultimate purpose of these research reports is to offer decision-makers and the public a balanced, thorough analysis of an issue accompanied by sensible recommendations. She also oversees the Bureau’s internship program.
Mary Beth earned her BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MA in Political Science from Boston College. She was a member of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for five years, overseeing operational, budget, and personnel issues. Mary Beth co-founded the Abby Kelley Foster Public Charter School in 1998. She served as President of the Board of Trustees for seven years and chairman of the school’s education committee for ten years. She currently teaches in the Political Science department at Assumption College, specializing in public policy, public administration, and state and municipal government.