Shaun Donovan

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Shaun Donovan
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Donovan in February 2009
15th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 26, 2009
President Barack Obama
Deputy Ron Sims
Maurice Jones
Preceded by Steve Preston
Personal details
Born (1966-01-24) January 24, 1966 (age 48)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Liza Gilbert
Alma mater Harvard University

Shaun L. S. Donovan (born January 24, 1966)[1] is the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, serving in the cabinet of President Barack Obama. Prior to this he headed the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. On December 13, 2008, in his weekly national radio address, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would appoint Donovan to his cabinet.[2] He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate through unanimous consent on January 22, 2009[3] and sworn-in on January 26.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New York, Donovan earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, receiving his bachelor's in 1987, and earning a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design in 1995.[5][6]

Career[edit]

During the Clinton administration and the transition to the Bush administration, Donovan was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing at HUD, and was acting FHA commissioner. He became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development in 2004.[6][7]

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.[8]

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

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shaun Donovan". The New York Times. December 13, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Secretary of Housing and Urban Development announced in Weekly Address". change.gov. December 13, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Kate (2009-01-22). "More Obama Cabinet Nominees Confirmed". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  4. ^ Staff (2009-01-29). "Shaun Donovan Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development". Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved 009-01-30. "On January 26, 2009, Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development." 
  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. ^ "Biography of Commissioner Shaun Donovan". NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  8. ^ HUDNo.09-014/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Portal.hud.gov (2009-12-31). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.

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