Commercial Observer: The Race to Gracie Mansion: Interview with NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan

As the city faces its first competitive mayoral race since 2013, Commercial Observer has launched an interview series where we ask candidates about their positions on all things real estate, including zoning, property tax reform and affordable housing development. 

For our first interview, we talked to Shaun Donovan. The 55-year-old Upper East Side native started his career at the National Coalition for the Homeless and the nonprofit Community Preservation Corporation, before serving as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development for five years under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Donovan then spent another five years as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama, before heading the federal Office of Management and Budget until 2017. 

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