Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 40th Director of the Office of Management and Budget on July 28, 2014. Donovan has committed his life to public service focused on good government and smart investment, while also building his leadership skills in the private, non-profit, and academic sectors.
Prior to OMB, Donovan served as the 15th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he managed the Department’s $47 billion budget — helping families buy homes, aiding households in fighting off foreclosure, revitalizing distressed communities and combating homelessness. While at HUD, Donovan made critical investments to speed economic growth, while also offering new savings proposals and ensuring fiscal responsibility.
Prior to his service in the Obama Administration, Donovan served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) where 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.
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.
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 worked at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and as an architect.
Donovan holds a B.A. and Master's degrees in Public Administration and Architecture from Harvard.
Shaun Donovan's Posts
- August 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM EDT
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 11:11 AM EDT
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 11:02 AM EDT
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 5:50 PM EDT
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 12:30 PM EDT
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 5:20 PM EDT
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 6:34 PM EDT
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 9:06 PM EDT
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 2:15 PM EDT
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 3:03 PM EDT
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.