Shaun Donovan

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Shaun Donovan
Shaun Donovan official photo (cropped).jpg
40th Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
August 5, 2014 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyBrian Deese
Robert Gordon (acting)
Preceded bySylvia Mathews Burwell
Succeeded byMick Mulvaney
15th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
In office
January 26, 2009 – July 28, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyRon Sims
Maurice Jones
Helen Kanovsky (acting)
Preceded bySteve Preston
Succeeded byJulian Castro
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
In office
March 1, 2004 – January 20, 2009
Appointed byMichael Bloomberg
Preceded byJerilyn Perine
Succeeded byRafael Cestero
Personal details
Born (1966-01-24) January 24, 1966 (age 55)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Liza Gilbert
EducationHarvard University (AB, MPA, MArch)

Shaun Lawrence Sarda Donovan (born January 24, 1966) 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[edit]

Born in New York, Donovan grew up on the Upper East Side and attended the Dalton School in Manhattan.[2][3] 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.[4][3][5][6]

Early career[edit]

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.[3][4]

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.[4]

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.[7] As a consultant, Donovan advised the Millennial Housing Commission on strategies for increasing multifamily housing development.[7][8]

He worked for Prudential Mortgage Capitol Company from 2002 to 2004, as a managing director of FHA lending and affordable housing investments.[3][4]

New York City HPD (2004–2009)[edit]

Donovan was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 2004 to 2009 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.[6][9] The agency had a $1 billion budget, and 2,700 employees.[8] 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.[7]

Cabinet official[edit]

Secretary of HUD (2009–2014)[edit]

Secretary of HUD portrait

On December 13, 2008, in his weekly national radio address, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would appoint Donovan to his cabinet.[10] 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.[11][12]

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.[13]

During the 2008 United States Presidential campaign, Donovan worked for the Obama campaign.[1]

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)[edit]

On May 22, 2014, President Obama nominated Donovan to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.[14] On July 10, 2014, he was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 75–22.[15] He was ceremonially sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on August 5, 2014.[16] He served in that role until 2017.[17]

Post-Obama career[edit]

In 2017, Harvard University named Donovan Senior Strategist and Advisor to the President on Allston and Campus Development and its expansion in Allston, Massachusetts.[18][17]

On February 3, 2020, Donovan announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York City in the 2021 election.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Donovan is married to Elizabeth "Liza" Eastman Gilbert, a landscape designer, and they have two sons.[18][4][20] They lived in the Boerum Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shaun Donovan". The New York Times. December 13, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "Former HUD head Shaun Donovan files for NYC mayor's race". WTOP. February 4, 2020. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Shaun Donovan "/
  4. ^ a b c d e Nomination of Hon. Shaun L.S. Donovan: Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session: Nomination of Hon. Shaun L.S. Donovan to be Director, Office of Management and Budget, June 11, 2014 - United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. June 11, 2014. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "GSD Alumni and Friends News Archive". Harvard Graduate School of Design. March 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Calmes, Jackie (December 13, 2008). "New York Housing Chief Picked for Slot in Cabinet". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c "Shaun Donovan". WhiteHouse.gov. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Donovan, Shaun: Officials". AllGov. January 24, 1966. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "Biography of Commissioner Shaun Donovan". NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  10. ^ "Secretary of Housing and Urban Development announced in Weekly Address". change.gov. December 13, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  11. ^ Phillips, Kat (January 22, 2009). "More Obama Cabinet Nominees Confirmed". The New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2009.
  12. ^ "Shaun Donovan Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development". Department of Housing and Urban Development. January 29, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  13. ^ HUDNo.09-014/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Portal.hud.gov (December 31, 2009). Retrieved on August 12, 2013.
  14. ^ Superville, Darlene. "White House: Obama to Add Julian Castro to Cabinet". Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  15. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 221. United States Senate. July 10, 2014.
  16. ^ Joe Biden Swears in Shaun Donovan. Mark Wilson. August 4, 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Former U.S. Housing Sec. Appointed Senior Allston Advisor"
  18. ^ a b c "Former HUD secretary buys Boerum Hill carriage house". The Real Deal. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  19. ^ Paybarah, Azi (February 3, 2020). "He Worked for Obama and Bloomberg. Could He Be N.Y.C.'s Next Mayor". The New York Times.
  20. ^ Piore, Adam. "Mr. Donovan goes to Washington". The Real Deal. Retrieved February 29, 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Preston
United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
2009–2014
Succeeded by
Julian Castro
Preceded by
Brian Deese
Acting
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Mick Mulvaney