Neil McCullagh

Neil McCullagh | Executive Director

Office: Carney Hall 430 | | 617-552-0829 | Office Hours Fall 2022: TBD

M.P.A., Harvard University

MBA, Boston University

B.A., Boston College

Courses Taught

Real Estate and Urban Action (BSLW220601)

Urban Action Lab (BSLW220801)

Leading for Social Impact (BSLW600103)

Neil McCullagh is Executive Director of the Carroll School of Management’s Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action and a Lecturer at Boston College. Neil leads the Center’s activities related to curriculum development, student engagement, and community outreach.

Neil has experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors including extensive domestic and international experience directing high-impact social change initiatives. Neil has led multiyear programs in community development, economic development, and housing. This dynamic experience informs his teaching at Boston College, where his courses focus on analyzing the factors critical to successful transformation of urban neighborhoods and giving students "learning by doing" experiences. 

Neil was the Executive Director of The American City Coalition (TACC), which provides place-based support to community based organizations focused on revitalization efforts in Boston and technical support to mixed-income housing developers. He served as Country Director for CHF International (now Global Communities) in Azerbaijan on a multiyear, community development program funded by the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to his work, he co-directed operations of a US-funded, private sector development program in Mongolia. He also oversaw all aspects of a reconstruction and refugee resettlement program in post-war Kosovo.

Neil holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College; an MBA from Boston University and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was awarded a Roy and Lila Ash Fellowship for Innovations in Democracy and Governance. He was a Jesuit Volunteer in JVC Southwest. He currently serves on the board of Rebuilding Together Boston.

Taylor Perkins Boston College

Taylor A. Perkins | Associate Director 

Office: Carney Hall 431 | | Office Hours Fall 2022: TBD

Ed.M., Harvard University

B.A., Amherst College

Courses Taught

Urban Action Lab (BSLW220801)

Taylor Perkins is Associate Director of the Corcoran Center and teaches the course Urban Action Lab in the Carroll School of Management. Taylor leads the Center’s experiential learning efforts, directing the Corcoran Center summer internship program, mentoring the Center’s teams of research assistants and program staff, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Center.

Taylor has ten years of experience in higher education and business. He served as Strategic Planning Specialist, reporting directly to the CIO at Amherst College. At Amherst, Taylor led initiatives aimed at modernizing the delivery of student services across multiple campus areas, including alcohol education, campus post office technology transformation, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Additionally, he advised student leaders as liaison to the student government, and served as a member of the campus-wide Strategic Planning Support Committee on Technology. Taylor has also spent time in the financial services sector as an Associate at both The Bank of New York Mellon and Daintree Advisors in Boston.

Taylor is a graduate of Amherst College, where he double majored in Black Studies and Political Science, and Harvard University, where he earned an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Amherst he was a four-year member of the varsity track and field team.

Taylor lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife Dr. Jessica Mueller, a surgeon. Outside of Boston College Taylor is an avid boater, skier, and cyclist.

Affiliated Faculty

Edward Chazen

Edward Chazen | Senior Lecturer

Edward Chazen's work is focused on real estate development, finance, investment, and urban planning. He joins the Carroll School of Management with 28 years of professional work experience in the real estate industry and 14 years of experience teaching real estate at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Prior to joining Boston College, Edward was a full-time senior lecturer at Brandeis International Business School, where he created, grew, and managed their Real Estate Specialization. In this role, he also collaborated with the career services department to assist students to obtain internships and full-time jobs in the real estate industry. In addition, he is the author of seven original case studies used in real estate courses. Prior to teaching at Brandeis, he was an adjunct professor at Babson College and a lecturer at Boston University.

Edward's professional experience includes working for GE Capital’s real estate finance department; working for large real estate investment managers; and, starting a company that advised real estate developers on structuring joint ventures with institutional investors. His work experience involved real estate acquisitions, development, and finance in multiple U.S. cities and all major property types. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, and an MBA from New York University. 

Courses Taught

Real Estate Fundamentals (BSLW112501)

Real Estate Finance (MFIN220701)

Real Estate Development (BSLW114501)

Real Estate Field Projects (BSLW229901)

Matthew Littell

Matthew Littell | Adjunct Instructor

Matthew Littell is one of the founding principals of Utile. Through his work in the firm’s architecture, planning, and early phase development projects, he has gained an expertise in building and zoning codes and regulatory processes specifically as they relate to urban design, housing and land use. His practice is local, national and international, and focuses on the intersection of public space, design of the built environment and land use policy.

Matthew served as Utile’s principal-in-charge for Imagine Boston 2030, the city’s first comprehensive plan in 50 years. He has directed many of the firm’s early phase planning and urban design projects, including the Downtown Boston Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan, as well as the design guidelines and zoning for the Rose Kennedy Greenway District. He has led planning efforts in several Massachusetts Gateway cities, including Holyoke, Revere and Chelsea, MA, and has just completed a plan for Boston’s first Flood Resilience Guidelines and Zoning Overlay. He is currently the firm’s principal in charge for citywide rezoning efforts in Atlanta and Detroit, and leads Utile’s affordable housing efforts, which include the design of multiple developments in Boston and surrounding cities.

Matthew teaches a course on contemporary urban design issues at Boston College. He earned his M.Arch. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1997, where he received the Boston Society of Architects’ James Templeton Kelly award for the best final design project, as well as the Clifford Wong prize for outstanding design in housing.

Courses Taught

Urban Design for Complexity and Sustainability (BSLW220701)

Edward Chazen

Samantha Teixeira | Associate Professor, BC School of Social Work

Samantha Teixeira, PhD, joined the faculty of the BC School of Social Work in 2015. Her research focuses on how neighborhood environmental conditions affect youth and how youth can be engaged in creating solutions to environmental problems in their communities. She uses innovative, mixed-methods with a focus on participatory approaches including community mapping, photography, and spatial analysis. Teixeira’s diverse practice experience includes work in child welfare and community development. Teixeira and Rebekah Levine Coley (Professor, BC LSEHD) are co-leading a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to study the effects of public housing redevelopment on the health and well being of more than 1,000 residents of the Mary Ellen McCormack housing development in South Boston.

Bob Van Meter

Bob Van Meter | Adjunct Instructor

Bob is a consultant on housing and community development and an adjunct faculty member at Boston College. Recently he developed an educational program on the history of housing discrimination working with the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA).

For more than thirty-five years, Bob has been a community organizer and community developer serving as Executive Director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Boston program for ten years from 2008 to 2018. LISC is a community development financial institution, investing in affordable housing and economic development.  For fifteen years Bob was Executive Director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, and prior that he was a community and tenant organizer, and a project manager for community-based organizations in Chicago and Boston.

Bob is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has extensive training in housing development and finance, community planning, and non-profit management.

Courses Taught

The State of Affordable Housing in the States (BSLW200001)

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