The Research Bureau Staff
Eric Kneeland – Director of Programs & Operations
Eric Kneeland is the Director of Programs & Operationse 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.
Tom Quinn – Research Associate
Tom Quinn is a Research Associate with The Research Bureau. His job involves researching important local topics and writing reports and recommendations that inform, educate, and hopefully spur positive change. Tom joined the Bureau in May 2017 after two years working as a reporter with Worcester Magazine, where he covered a variety of topics with an emphasis on local politics and government. He is a member of Gonzaga University’s class of 2013, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism. He is originally from Marlboro, and currently resides in Worcester.