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The Research Bureau - Staff

Timothy J. McGourthy – Executive Director

Timothy J. McGourthy was appointed Executive Director of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau in February 2014. The Research Bureau’s mission is to conduct independent, non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making in Central Massachusetts. 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 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. He was awarded a German Marshall Fund of the United States Fellowship and selected as a “Forty under 40” by the Worcester Business Journal, and he has received the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission’s Community Planning and Development Award.

Jean DeIeso - Director of Programs & Operations

Jean DeIeso joined The Research Bureau in the summer of 2001. She has responsibility over all administrative matters, including finance, development, and member services. Jean plans the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards, the annual meeting, and various other forums and lectures that The Research Bureau hosts each year. Jean, a graduate of Clark University, has more than 35 years experience in business administration.

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.
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