Housing expert Shaun Donovan aims to move to his first elected position. After serving under Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the city’s Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Donovan left the post in 2009 to serve as former President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Between 2014 and 2017, he served as director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, managing Obama’s budget through the end of his second term. Donovan has positioned himself as a trusted and experienced leader fit to oversee the city’s recovery, focusing his campaign around the city’s housing crisis.
“He certainly brings good experience,” Robinson said. Donovan’s expertise comes at a time where the housing market, shaken up by the pandemic, is open to changes in affordable housing and gentrification policies.