Neil McCullagh, Executive Director
Email, (617) 552-0829, Cushing Hall 336B
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 popular course analyzes the factors critical to successful transformation of urban neighborhoods.
Neil 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; he received an M.B.A. from Boston University and an M.P.A. 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 Grace Academy in Hartford, CT.
Neil lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife Gail and his two energetic children.
Taylor A. Perkins, Assistant Director
Email, (617) 552-6127, Cushing Hall 336C
Taylor Perkins is Assistant Director of the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action at the Boston College Carroll School of Management. Taylor leads the Center’s experiential learning efforts, directing the Corcoran Center Summer Internship program, supervising the Center’s team of student assistants, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Center.
Taylor has experience in both higher education and financial services 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, serving 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 Political Science and Black Studies, and Harvard University where he earned his Ed.M. in Higher Education. While a student 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 Jessica Mueller.
Edward Chazen, Senior Lecturer
Email, (617) 552-1367, Fulton Hall 226
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 M.B.A. from New York University.