On January 26, 2009, Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. He has devoted his career to ensuring access to safe, decent, and affordable housing and he will continue that effort in the Obama Administration. Secretary Donovan believes that America's homes are the foundation for family, safe neighborhoods, good schools, and solid businesses. He has a strong commitment to make quality housing possible for every American.
Secretary Donovan previously served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). He created and implemented HPD's New Housing Marketplace Plan to build and preserve 165,000 affordable homes, the largest municipal affordable housing plan in the nation's history. His work at HPD included the New York City Acquisition Fund, an award-winning collaboration with foundations and banks to finance affordable housing; an innovative inclusionary zoning program; an ambitious supportive housing plan; and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, one of the earliest responses to the foreclosure crisis.
Before his service as HPD Commissioner, Secretary Donovan worked in the private sector on financing affordable housing, and was a visiting scholar at New York University, where he researched and wrote about the preservation of federally-assisted housing. He was also a consultant to the Millennial Housing Commission on strategies for increasing the production of multifamily housing. The Commission was created by the United States Congress to recommend ways to expand housing opportunities across the nation.
Secretary Donovan rejoins HUD after his previous service in the Clinton administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing, where he was the primary federal official responsible for privately-owned multifamily housing. At that time, he ran housing programs that helped 1.7 million families access affordable housing. He also served as acting FHA Commissioner during the Clinton/Bush presidential transition. Prior to his first service at HUD, he worked at the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) in New York City, a non-profit lender and developer of affordable housing. He also researched and wrote about housing policy at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and worked as an architect.
Secretary Donovan holds a B.A. and Masters degrees in Public Administration and Architecture from Harvard.
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Secretary Shaun Donovan's Posts
- August 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM EST
Shortly after he took office, the President tasked the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan with rethinking the federal approach to disaster recovery, which resulted in the creation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework.
Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy: Helping Communities Prepare for the Impacts of a Changing ClimateAugust 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM EST
It was one of the most painful chapters in the region’s history and the Obama administration has been committed to helping communities turn the page.
- August 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM EST
Por años, ser propietario de una vivienda fue un símbolo de responsabilidad y una fuente de seguridad para millones de familias de clase media a lo largo del país. Pero la crisis financiera de 2008 puso todo eso en peligro, y cuando el Presidente Obama asumió el cargo, el mercado de la vivienda estaba en caída vertical. Los valores de las viviendas se desplomaban y los embargos hipotecarios estaban a niveles récord.
- August 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM EST
It’s time to turn the page on an era of housing bubbles and taxpayer bailouts, and build a new housing finance system that will provide secure homeownership for responsible middle class families.
- January 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM EST
Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, discusses a new Equal Access to Housing Rule that will help to ensure LGBT individuals and couples have the right to live where they choose.
- November 16, 2011 at 4:20 PM EST
Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaks before the National Center for Transgender Equality Awards Ceremony and reflects on the Administration's progress on important issues in the transgender community.
- August 24, 2011 at 5:34 PM EST
Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan announces investments to help rural communities across the country tackle their toughest housing and poverty challenges.
- June 6, 2011 at 8:06 PM EST
Secretary Shaun Donovan talks about one of the top priorities for himself and President Obama: Ending homelessness among veterans.
A Commitment to Responsibility – HUD’s Work to Build a Clean Energy Economy and a Stronger EnvironmentJanuary 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM EST
Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Shaun Donovan, shares some of HUD's major accomplishments in advancing clean energy and a stronger environment.
- October 14, 2010 at 2:03 PM EST
Secretary Shaun Donovan reflects on the event that demonstrated the Obama Administration’s commitment to developing long-term solutions to some of the country’s most significant housing challenges.