Worcester – The Worcester Regional Research Bureau (WRRB) has announced that Paul F. Matthews, executive director of the 495/Metrowest Partnership, has been appointed to the position of executive director of the WRRB, following Timothy J. McGourthy, who left the Bureau in February to pursue a new role with the Baker-Polito Administration as Deputy Secretary for Housing and Economic Development.
After a six-month search, the WRRB Executive Committee voted unanimously to appoint Matthews to the position.
“I’m honored by the opportunity to serve as only the Bureau’s third executive in 34 years,” said Matthews. “I’m committed to doing my best to continue the legacies of my predecessors.”
Matthews brings extensive experience to his new role of executive director of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. In his longtime career with the 495/Metrowest Partnership, his leadership helped the organization identify regional issues affecting 35 communities including conducting public policy deliberations to address regional needs, convene issue-driven events such as forums with policy makers, writing and distributing case studies and best practices, and providing research and resources to key constituencies.
He received his bachelor of arts degree from Colby College and also received certification by the Institute for Organizational Management, and was awarded a Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development.