Jeffrey Liebman, Director


Steve Poftak is executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. Poftak was Director of Research and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. He has led research projects and authored a number of papers on transportation policy, government efficiency, municipal finance, and job creation. His op-eds have run regularly in newspapers across the state. Previously, Poftak worked at the Commonwealth's Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he managed the $1.3 billion capital budget, prepared the state's quarterly cash flow reporting, and monitored non-tax revenue receipts. His prior experience includes service as Director of Corporate Finance for a privatization fund in Southeastern Europe. He holds an MBA from the Olin School at Babson College and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College. He is a Boston resident, is married, and has children who attend the Boston Public Schools. He can be reached at 617-495-8669.


Polly O'Brien is the Institute's associate director. She was the Institute’s assistant director from 2005 - 2012 and previously was a program manager and administrative assistant at the Institute. Before joining the Institute in 2002, she was a project manager at Sky Dog Technologies, a website design firm in Arlington. She came to that job from the Consensus Building Institute, a conflict and dispute resolution firm in Cambridge where she was webmaster and editor of the organization's newsletter, CBI Reports, and where she assisted in training preparation and project management. O’Brien has also worked for the Boston Natural Areas Fund, where she was curator of an educational study on the history of the Neponset River and oversaw the creation of an exhibit on the Neponset River that traveled to local schools and historical societies. She received an M.A. in classics from Boston University. She can be reached at 617-495-5091.