Shaun Donovan

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Born1966-01-24
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materDalton School, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
SpouseLiza Gilbert
PartyDemocratic
For President Obama's State of the Union address in 2010, Donovan served as the designated survivor.

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In office
August 5, 2014 - January 20, 2017
Succeeded byMark Sandy

Shaun Lawrence Sarda Donovan is an American government official and housing specialist who served as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2014, and Director of the US Office of Management and Budget from 2014 to 2017.[1] Prior to that, he was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 2004 to 2009 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In February 2020, he filed paperwork to run for Mayor of New York City in the 2021 mayoral election.

Early life and education

Born in New York to a -multi-millionaire Jewish family,[2] Donovan grew up on the Upper East Side and attended the Dalton School in Manhattan.[3][4] He has three siblings. He holds three degrees from Harvard University: an A.B. in engineering sciences from Harvard College in 1987, a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1995, and a Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design in 1995.[5][4][6][7]

Shaun's father, Michael Donovan, is the founder and chairman of the board of directors of advertising software company Mediaocean.[8][9] He was born in Panama of mixed Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish parentage.[2] Michael Donovan's father was Irish and his mother was Jewish.[2] Michael who later donated over $2 million to his son's campaign.[10]

Early career

From 1995 to 1998, he worked at the Community Preservation Corporation, a nonprofit lender and affordable housing developer in New York, as a Special Assistant/Assistant Director of Development.[4][5] It was his first job after graduating college. While working there, he helped a group of faith-based organizations built the Nehemiah project, with 5,000 housing units.[2]

Then, during the Bill Clinton administration and the transition to the Bush administration from 1998 to 2001, Donovan was Special Assistant/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and was acting Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner.[5]

Donovan next worked on private sector initiatives to finance affordable housing, and researched and wrote about the preservation of federally assisted housing as a visiting scholar at New York University.[11] As a consultant, Donovan advised the Millennial Housing Commission on strategies for increasing multifamily housing development.[11][12]

He worked for Prudential Mortgage Capitol Company from 2002 to 2004, as a managing director of FHA lending and affordable housing investments.[4][5]

New York City HPD (2004–2009)

Donovan was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 2004 to 2009 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.[7][13] The agency had a $1 billion budget, and 2,700 employees.[12] He was credited with creating the department's Marketplace Plan to build and preserve over 160,000 affordable homes, which was the largest city-sponsored affordable housing plan in US history.[11]

Obama cabinet (2009–2017)

Secretary of HUD (2009–2014)

During the 2008 United States Presidential campaign, Donovan worked for the Obama campaign.[1] On December 13, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would appoint Donovan to his cabinet.[14] He was confirmed as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by the U.S. Senate through unanimous consent on January 22, 2009, and sworn in on January 26.[15][16]

While Secretary, Donovan oversaw the allocation of 75% of HUD's share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act within one week of the bill's passage.[17]

For President Obama's State of the Union address in 2010, Donovan served as the designated survivor.

On July 28, 2014 he was succeeded as Secretary by Julian Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio.

Office of Management and Budget (2014–2017)

On May 22, 2014, President Obama nominated Donovan to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.[18] On July 10, 2014, he was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 75–22.[19] He was ceremonially sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on August 5, 2014.[20] He served in that role until 2017.[21]

Post-Obama career

In 2017, Harvard University named Donovan Senior Strategist and Advisor to the President on Allston and Campus Development and its expansion in Allston, Massachusetts.[22][21]

On February 3, 2020, Donovan announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York City in the 2021 election.[23] Despite being one of the first announced candidates, Donovan got little support from local organizations and elected officials, and has been ranked in the bottom half of pre-primary polls.

Personal life

Donovan is married to Elizabeth "Liza" Eastman Gilbert, a landscape designer, and they have two sons.[22][5][24] They lived in the Boerum Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City.[22]


References

  1. a b https://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/13/us/politics/13web-donovan.html
  2. a b c d https://forward.com/news/467163/from-hud-secretary-to-nyc-mayor-shaun-donovans-path-infused-with-jewish/
  3. https://wtop.com/national/2020/02/former-hud-head-shaun-donovan-files-for-nyc-mayors-race/
  4. a b c d https://therealdeal.com/new-research/topics/people/shaun-donovan
  5. a b c d e https://books.google.com/books?id=2xlDP4AEFfcC&q=%22Shaun+Donovan%22+%22dalton+school%22&pg=PA55
  6. http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/inside/dev_alumni/news/archive/2010/March/index.html
  7. a b https://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/13/us/politics/13appoint.html
  8. https://twitter.com/TeamMediaocean/status/1356685009067851776
  9. https://www.crunchbase.com/person/michael-donovan
  10. https://twitter.com/danarubinstein/status/1379486083822583812
  11. a b c https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/press-briefings/2021/03/01/press-briefing-by-white-house-covid-19-response-team-and-public-health-officials-9/
  12. a b http://www.allgov.com/officials/donovan-shaun?officialid=28840
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20080628071041/http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/about/bio-shaun-donovan.shtml
  14. http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/secretary_of_housing_and_urban_development_announced_in_weekly_address/
  15. {http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/more-obama-cabinet-nominees-confirmed/
  16. http://www.hud.gov/about/secretary/donovanbio.cfm
  17. HUDNo.09-014/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Portal.hud.gov (December 31, 2009). Retrieved on August 12, 2013.
  18. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/white-house-obama-add-julian-castro-cabinet-23836831
  19. https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00221
  20. http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/7p6f1pm4suD/Joe+Biden+Swears+Shaun+Donovan/wzXgPvhF8VM |title=Joe Biden Swears in Shaun Donovan
  21. a b "Former U.S. Housing Sec. Appointed Senior Allston Advisor"
  22. a b c https://therealdeal.com/2019/01/17/former-hud-secretary-buys-boerum-hill-carriage-house/
  23. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/nyregion/shaun-donovan-mayor-nyc.html
  24. https://therealdeal.com/issues_articles/mr-donovan-goes-to-washington/