Shaun Donovan, 55, is one candidate among many vying to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose second term comes to an end this year, but Donovan believes he alone is uniquely suited for the moment. The aftermath of a crisis is familiar territory for Donovan, whose career includes working for three U.S. presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama), and the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Donovan says his tenure, should he win, would involve stabilizing a city rising from the throes of crisis, born from the ongoing pandemic that’s resulted in mass casualties, and crushed the local economy.
His days working as HPD commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he ran an agency that was still dealing with the catastrophic effects of the 9/11 attacks, readied him for his subsequent position with the Obama administration, where he was secretary for the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. In that role, he was tasked with — among other things — handling Superstorm Sandy’s destruction of coastal communities.