About

The Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action leverages a multidisciplinary approach to cultivate discussions and develop actions that foster community transformation.
 

What We Do

In accordance with the mission of  Boston College, The Corcoran Center aims to develop the next generation of ethical real estate professionals by educating and inspiring students, alumni, and other key stakeholders so they may harness real estate as a catalyst for needed change in areas where the marginalization of vulnerable citizens is most severe, and enact broad scope solutions to neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.

Curriculum: Increase access to traditional classroom learning, with real estate courses developed by the Center within the Carroll School of Management.

Experiential Learning: Engage students in a variety of practical, meaningful learning experiences, including workshop trainings, field projects, and summer internship programs.

On-Campus Engagement: Invite students to join the network of professionals and experts in the fields of real estate and urban revitalization through a speaker series, small group lunches, and Center coordinated activities.

Neighborhood Engagement: Create opportunities for multiple disciplines from across the University to engage in place-focused neighborhood strengthening.

People

Leadership

Neil McCullagh

Neil McCullagh

Executive Director


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Neil McCullagh

Neil McCullagh

Executive Director

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  • M.P.A., Harvard University
  • MBA, Boston University
  • B.A., Boston College

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.

Courses Taught

Taylor Perkins

Taylor Perkins

Associate Director



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Taylor Perkins

Taylor Perkins

Associate Director

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  • Ed.M., Harvard University
  • B.A., Amherst College

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 brings over 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 Somerville, MA with his wife Jessica Mueller, a surgeon, and their daughter. Outside of Boston College he is an avid boater, skier, and cyclist.

Courses Taught

Urban Action Lab (BSLW220801)

Affiliated Faculty

Faculty affiliated with the Corcoran Center conduct teaching and research that aligns with the Center's mission of improving neighborhoods and communities.
Edward Chazen

Edward Chazen

Senior Lecturer



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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

Matthew Littell

Matthew Littell

Adjunct Instructor



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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)

Samantha Teixeira

Samantha Teixeira

Associate Professor, BC School of Social Work



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Samantha Teixeira

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



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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)

Program Staff

Julia Turner

Julia Turner

Administrative Assistant



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Julia Turner

Julia Turner

Administrative Assistant

Anna Conidi

Anna Conidi

Research Assistant



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Anna Conidi

Anna Conidi

Research Assistant

Visiting Professionals

William M. McLaughlin

William M. McLaughlin

Corcoran Center Visiting Professional, Fall 2022



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William M. McLaughlin

William M. McLaughlin

Corcoran Center Visiting Professional, Fall 2022

William M. McLaughlin retired from AvalonBay Communities, Inc. in 2021, serving most recently as the Executive Vice President of Development and construction. He had been with AvalonBay or its predecessor, Avalon Properties, Inc., since 1994.

He was responsible for all of AvalonBay’s construction activity nationally, and development activity on the East Coast. He was also a member of the Company’s Management Investment Committee. Before joining AvalonBay, Bill was with Lincoln Property Company for seven years, responsible for multifamily development and acquisitions in eastern New England.

He was the 2008 Chairman of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), was also the Chairman of GBREB’s Political Action Committee (PAC), and is a two-time past President of its Rental Housing Association (RHA, now MAA) division. Bill currently serves on Harvard Corporation’s Committee on Facilities and Capital Planning. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Caritas Communities (and is its Past Chair), the Board of Overseers at Newton Wellesley Hospital, and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Multifamily Leadership Board (Emeritus). He is a long-time member of the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals.

Bill received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College.

Bill and his wife Linda split their time between Newton, MA, and Cape Cod, and they have six adult children and one grandson.

John Barros

John Barros

Corcoran Center Visiting Professional, Spring 2022



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John Barros

John Barros

Corcoran Center Visiting Professional, Spring 2022

John F. Barros is the Managing Principal of Cushman & Wakefield's Boston market. In this role, John leads all market activities and drives growth and business performance across a team of more than 180 professionals in Boston, MA, and Manchester, NH.

Before joining Cushman & Wakefield, John was appointed by the Mayor of Boston to serve as Chief of Economic Development from 2014 to 2021. John brought a passion for sustainable community development to this role while fostering economic inclusion and equity for all Bostonians. Before his appointment, John served 13 years as Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), where he successfully led a neighborhood revitalization. It focused on creating community wealth, producing permanent affordable housing, and establishing the country's most important urban community land trust. John has also held positions at the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, providing insurance for initial public offerings for dot-com startups.

John received the inaugural Community Service Award from the Boston Day & Evening Academy in 2008, the Robert Leo Ruffin Award from the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004, and the Action for Boston Community Development Roxbury Community Award in 2000. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1996 and a Masters in Public Policy from Tufts University in 2012. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce Degree from Suffolk University.

Board of Advisors

Bryce Blair 

Chairman, Pulte Homes

Rodger Brown, MCAS '77

Managing Director, Preservation of Affordable Housing  

Joseph J. Corcoran, MCAS '85, P'12, '13, '19

President, Joseph J. Corcoran Company

Michael Corcoran, MCAS '86, P'15, '20

President, Corcoran Jennison Companies

Karen Kelleher, MCAS '90

Executive Director, LISC Boston

Carol Naughton

President and CEO, Purpose Built Communities

Paul Grogan

President, The Boston Foundation

Rick Peiser

Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development, Harvard Graduate School of Design

About Joseph E. Corcoran

In Memoriam. 1936–2020

The Corcoran Luncheon was held in the Heights Room at Corcoran Commons and the TREC Symposium was held in Robsham Theatre at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on November 6, 2014.Rose Lincoln Photo for Boston College

Joseph E. Corcoran left his mark on Boston College, the City of Boston, and the world as a compassionate and discerning man who made a monumental impact on housing equality. After graduating from BC with a degree in history in 1959, Joe founded the Corcoran Jennison Companies, which has developed more than $3.5 billion in property to date and is credited with pioneering the development and management of mixed-income housing. Inspired by his experience growing up in a socioeconomically diverse Dorchester neighborhood, as well as by the University’s Ignatian values, he devoted his life to creating housing opportunities and transforming underserved urban communities. He also worked tirelessly to further housing legislation in Massachusetts and he founded The American City Coalition (TACC), a Boston-based nonprofit that promotes neighborhood revitalization.

At BC, Joe served on the Board of Trustees and chaired the Building and Property Committee. For several years, he also taught a Real Estate and Urban Action course at the Carroll School of Management. His love for teaching was evident, and he eagerly encouraged his students to search for solutions to social and economic problems in the housing industry. Out of his passion and generosity grew the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action, which he endowed in 2014. His legacy will live on with future generations of real estate professionals who seek not only a career but also the opportunity to improve lives through their work.

Joe Corcoran will be dearly missed, at BC as well as in the countless communities he’s touched. His dedication is a preeminent example of what BC strives to instill in all who find their way to the Heights: a desire to serve others, and the knowledge to do so effectively.

Joe Corcoran will be dearly missed, at BC as well as in the countless communities he’s touched. His dedication is a preeminent example of what BC strives to instill in all who find their way to the Heights: a desire to serve others, and the knowledge to do so effectively.

Partners

On-Campus Partners


On-Campus partners are Boston College schools, departments, offices, and centers that collaborate with the Corcoran Center on an ongoing basis.

  • Boston College School of Social Work
  • Carroll School of Management
  • Connell School of Nursing
  • Theater Department
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Volunteer and Service Learning Center
  • 4Boston

Community Partners


The Corcoran Center engages with the community through ongoing partnerships with community groups, nonprofits, government agencies, and the business community.

  • Mattapan United
  • Mattapan Main Streets
  • MassHousing
  • MAPC