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Kevin Corcoran leads strategic communications at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Before assuming this position in late 2016, he spent eight years overseeing design and policy work that promoted development of new higher education business and finance models.
Corcoran’s expertise includes competency-based learning, state authorization of online degree programs, and outcomes-based funding. His five-member communications team is implementing a cutting-edge strategy that relies on audience, narrative, and storytelling research to advance Lumina’s leadership. He also built and co-manages a grant portfolio that supports public and nonprofit news and training organizations, including PBS NewsHour, Washington Monthly, and WGBH in Boston. Corcoran serves on the board of The Communications Network, the leading organization nationally helping foundations and nonprofits improve lives through smart communications.
Before joining Lumina in 2007, Corcoran worked as a newspaper reporter for nearly 20 years, including as an investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star. His work has been published in The Arizona Republic, The Milwaukee Journal and newspapers in suburban Chicago and Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has received local, state, and national awards, including the George Polk Award and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel. In addition, his work has been cited by groups such as Human Rights Watch and the National Mental Health Association, now known as Mental Health America.
Corcoran holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and master of business administration in corporate finance from Indiana University.
Lumina Foundation: We Fund Journalists Who Shape the Narrative | Center for Media, Data, and Policy | Aug. 15, 2019