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 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.