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Janet Corcoran
Senior Consultant
Common Good

Janet Corcoran is the former President of Common Good. Before joining the organization in 2006, she was President of PENCIL, a non-profit organization dedicated to generating and coordinating civic support for the New York City public school system. Formerly, Ms. Corcoran spent most of her career working in public policy, especially as it relates to financing and building community support for public infrastructure projects. She ran her own consulting firm dedicated to advancing public policy innovations through creative outreach and cross-sector collaborations.

Ms. Corcoran also served as Vice President of GE Capital Global Project Structured Finance, Senior Counsel and Vice President of the Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, and Deputy Chief of the Public Securities Law Division of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Over the years, she has served the Harvard Alumni Association in various capacities, most recently as Vice President of University-wide Affairs. Ms. Corcoran holds degrees from Radcliffe College, Boston College Law School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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