Neil McCullagh | Executive Director
Office: Carney Hall 430 | Email | (617) 552-0829 | Office Hours Spring 2020: By Appointment
M.P.A., Harvard University
MBA, Boston University
BA, 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.
Taylor A. Perkins | Assistant Director
Office: Carney Hall 431 | Email | Office Hours Spring 2020: By Appointment
Ed.M., Harvard University
BA, Amherst College
Taylor Perkins is Assistant Director of the Corcoran Center and teaches the course Urban Action Lab in the Carroll School of Management. Additionally, Taylor leads the Center’s experiential learning efforts, directing the Corcoran Center Summer Internship program, mentoring the Center’s team of research assistants, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Center.
Taylor has experience in both higher education and business settings. 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 majored in both Black Studies and Political Science, and Harvard University where he earned an Ed.M. in Higher Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Amherst he was a four-year member of the varsity track and field team, and was selected to the NESCAC All-Academic Team.
Taylor lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife Dr. Jessica Mueller, a general surgery resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Outside of Boston College Taylor enjoys stand up paddle boarding, skiing, and cycling.
Edward Chazen | Senior Lecturer
Office: Fulton Hall 226 | Email | (617) 552-1367
MBA, New York University
BA, Emory University
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, Chazen 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, Chazen is the author of seven original case studies used in real estate courses. Prior to teaching at Brandeis, Chazen was an adjunct professor at Babson College and a lecturer at Boston University.
Chazen'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.