Kevin Corcoran

Strategy Director Lumina Foundation
I joined the network as a newbie to philanthropy after nearly 20 years in print journalism. As a result of my participation, I’ve been exposed to cutting-edge thinking and practices that have made me a better grant maker and strategy lead.

Kevin Corcoran is the strategy director at Lumina Foundation who leads the communications team. In this role, he also oversees all external communications and co-directs a portfolio of grants with public and nonprofit media. Lumina is committed to a fair, universal system for learning that meets the nation’s talent needs. Lumina concentrates on fostering innovative models that can help millions more Americans  —especially students of color, students from low-income families, first-generation students, adults, and others who have not been well served by higher education — earn college degrees, certificates, and other postsecondary credentials.

Prior to assuming this new role in September, Mr. Corcoran directed a multi-year effort by the Foundation to support the design and development of new business and finance models for higher education. During the next few years, Lumina plans to invest in ramping up this work.

Prior to joining Lumina in 2007, Mr. Corcoran was a newspaper reporter for nearly 20 years, spending his final three years as an investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star. His work also has been published in The Arizona Republic, The Milwaukee Journal, The Louisville Courier-Journal and newspapers in suburban Chicago and Fort Wayne, Ind. He has received local, state, and national awards, including the George Polk Award and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel, and his work has been cited by groups such as Human Rights Watch and the National Mental Health Association.

Mr. Corcoran received a master of business administration degree in corporate finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2007 and a bachelor of arts in journalism from the Indiana University School of Journalism in 1988.