Responsibility, Tolerance, Opportunity – Our Community’s Values
Joe Corcoran was raised on the traditional values that come from living in a close-knit neighborhood where residents care about the city and the people in it. Growing up in the Richardson community taught him the importance of public service, looking out for your neighbor, and caring about where you live. He’s been invested in making a difference since his days in Richardson's Boy Scout Troop 81, at Texas Tech as Student Senator of the Year (twice), and as a young adult volunteering on numerous grantmaking committees and civic organizations. He now wants to take that same passion and put it to work for you on the Richardson City Council.
When COVID-19 forced businesses to shut down, Joe labored tirelessly to promote open restaurants in Richardson and develop multi-language tools to inform them about potential grant opportunities. It was his responsibility as a citizen to help his community (plus, there was one tragic day Del's Hamburgers was rumored to have gone out of business and Joe could never let that happen). His work was eventually picked up and used by Community Impact to help develop their interactive map of open restaurants.
As a supporter of local business, Joe is proud that so many minority business owners have set up shop in Richardson and loves our vibrant immigrant community. It is dignifying that someone would come all the way across the world to live and work here in our city. If elected, Joe will do everything in his power to encourage a pro-small business environment where everyone plays fair, has equal access to resources, and feels welcome.
Joe has loved cycling his entire life, especially along the Duck Creek – Owens Trail route. He understands neighborhood parks are an integral part of our mental well-being, and takes an intense personal interest in making sure green spaces in Richardson are kept clean. Joe is also a devoted but struggling golfer who recognizes the value public amenities like Sherrill Park bring to the community.
Joe currently works in corporate compliance for a major Fortune 500 company, where he specializes in developing audits to prevent fines from the SEC, FINRA, and other regulatory agencies. Before that, he worked five years in risk management for a large property and casualty insurance brokerage firm. In that capacity, Joe led a team of analysts that conducted wide-ranging studies across the country to assess the impact that major weather events would have on home ownership (including one of Richardson after a major hail storm). He holds both an MBA and a Masters of Science from Texas Tech University. Joe is excited to use his education and experience to move Richardson in a positive direction!
He’s also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Richardson and regular donor and volunteer at the Network of Community Ministries. Described as a serial volunteer, Joe was recognized as an Emerging Leader in Philanthropy by the Communities Foundation of Texas and is currently enrolled in their leadership program. Other groups Joe has regularly volunteered for are the Access and Information Network, BetterBlock, TangoTab, and 100 Men, as well as leading a neighborhood effort in 2020 to clean up Huffhines Park and serving on a 2016-2019 Community Impact Grant Panel for United Way.
Ultimately, despite all these hobbies, passions and activities, Joe feels most at home relaxing at his local pub, the Line Bar and Grill, where he spends happy hour chatting with friends and neighbors (and if he doesn't stay up too late, he loves a quiet, early morning breakfast at the House Café down the street). Joe welcomes you to join him sometime and share your thoughts on what our city could be doing even better!