Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan is running for New York City mayor and released his racial equity plan Wednesday.
Donovan has experience dealing with a recession as he became the housing secretary in the midst of the 2008 housing crisis and the great recession. Donovan was a pivotal figure in former President Barack Obama‘s cabinet, getting the country back on track. He also served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Obama from 2014-2017.
Donovan’s racial equity plan will focus on three goals. Ensuring an equitable COVID recovery. Applying an equity lens to the way the city is governed, establishing the infrastructure to set and meet goals and pursuing equity-focused policies as part of every platform.
To ensure an equitable COVID recovery, Donovan will shift vaccination efforts to communities that need it the most. That includes NYCHA developments, retirement communities and senior centers. Donovan will also make an effort to reach those who do not speak English with advertising and signs.