Business 100 - 2008

Joseph Corcoran/Corcoran Jennison

Joseph Corcoran is founder and CEO of Corcoran Jennison Companies. He and his partner, Gary Jennison, have successfully developed, owned and managed over $2 billion in property over the last 35 years.

A main focus for the Boston-based company is the development of mixed-income housing and low-crime communities for the poor. Operations include a management team and social services, and involve the residents in all decisions about their living environment.The companies’ very successful efforts are the subject of A Decent Place to Live published by Northeastern University Press.

The son of Irish immigrants from Roscommon, Joseph enjoys dual Irish and American citizenship. A board member of The American Ireland Fund, he also supports the Irish Chamber of Commerce, the Irish Cultural Center of New England, and the Boston Irish Famine Memorial Committee. He heads the Buildings and Properties Committee of his alma mater Boston College, and serves on the Board of Trustees. He has been married to Rosemary for 45 years. They have seven children and 15 grandchildren.