January 13, 2021

Contact: Yuridia Peña, [email protected], (718) 790-0837


Former Obama-Biden Administration Housing Secretary and Budget Director will report over $950,000 raised in the most recent filing period, with an additional $1 million in expected public matching funds. 

Campaign receives contributions from a wide range of New Yorkers that include small business owners, prominent tech entrepreneurs and business leaders, philanthropists, faith leaders, local advocates, restaurateurs and national leaders. 

NEW YORK, NY – Today, New Yorkers for Donovan announced that the campaign has now raised over $2.6 million in contributions and expected matching funds during the course of his campaign after raising a remarkable $954,000 in the most recent filing period. This is the highest amount raised in a single filing period among all of the candidates participating in the matching funds program. 

“I am humbled and proud of the diverse network we are building across the city, state and country who believe in my vision to repair, rebuild and reimagine a City that works for everyone,” said NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan. “We have received contributions from New Yorkers of all walks of life – many small business owners, clergy, former colleagues in the Obama Administration and nominees from President-Elect Biden’s cabinet, creating a progressive coalition hungry for a Mayor with a bold vision and proven expertise in crisis and recovery to lead New York City.”

Contributions came from across New York City, reflecting growing support for Donovan’s candidacy. Support for the campaign also came from local and national leaders who share Donovan’s vision for New York, including members of the Obama-Biden alumni network and many of whom have been tapped for Cabinet posts in the incoming Biden-Harris Administration as well as a group of faith-based leaders representing boroughs across New York City.

“In his first financial filing period of the campaign, Shaun outraised the entire field combined. We expanded our efforts with this filing and are proud to announce that we’ve raised over $1.6 million to date, and recently built a robust digital fundraising operation that has surged on the strength of Shaun’s campaign of ideas,” said New Yorkers for Donovan Finance Director Ioanna Niejelow. “New Yorkers are beginning to focus on this race in a big way and what we’re hearing, and what’s reflected by this filing is that New Yorkers are hungry for a public servant, not a politician. Shaun has dedicated his entire career to serving the most vulnerable communities and is the most qualified to get us out of crisis, into a sound recovery and reimagine a City that works for everyone.”

The campaign is building the broadest coalition of support and the financial filing will reflect that. Among the notable contributors were former Obama Administration Cabinet members, numerous senior officials, and former mayors from across the country. In addition, Team Kujichagulia, a citywide group made up of faith-based leaders have coalesced behind Donovan to drum-up local support for the campaign. Some of the campaign’s supporters include: 


  • Dan and David Barber
  • Eli Zabar
  • Danny Meyer

Prominent tech and finance leaders 

  • Steve Rattner
  • Blair Effron
  • Fred Wilson
  • Ajay Banga
  • Tony Coles
  •  Kevin Ryan

Broadway and Hospitality leaders 

  • Jon Tisch
  • Jordan Roth
  • Jimmy Nederlander

Civic Leaders

  • Seth Pinsky
  • David Rockefeller
  • Judith Rodin
  • Eric Weingartner
  • Edward Norton 
  • Eric Weingartner
  • Bishop Johnny Ray Youngblood

Current and Former Elected Officials

  • Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans
  • Mayor Manny Diaz of Miami
  • Mayor Ashley Swearengin of Fresno, California
  • Mayor John Hickenlooper

Obama-Biden alumni

  • John King, Former Secretary of Education
  • Alejandro Mayorkas, Former Obama Deputy Homeland Security Secretary, nominee for Biden Administration Homeland Security Secretary
  • Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Susan Rice, Former National Security Advisor and Former US Ambassador to the UN, Incoming Biden Administration Domestic Policy Council Director
  • Kathleen Sebelius, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Anthony Foxx, Former Secretary of Transportation
  • Tom Vilsack, Former Secretary of Agriculture, nominee for Biden Administration Cabinet Secretary
  • Ray LaHood, Former Secretary of Transportation
  • Lisa Jackson, Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Sally Jewell, Former Secretary of the Interior
  • Mike Froman, Former U.S. Trade Representative
  • Karen Mills,  Former Administrator, Small Business Administration
  • Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Maria Contreras-Sweet, Former Administrator, Small Business Administration
  • Tina Tchen, Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Jeff Zients, Former Director, National Economic Council, Biden COVID Czar
  • Gene Sperling, Former Director, National Economic Council
  • Jay Carney, Former White House Press Secretary
  • Cecilia Munoz, Former Director, Domestic Policy Council
  • Cody Keenan, Speechwriter, President Obama
  • Melody Barnes, Former Director, Domestic Policy Council
  • Samantha Power, Former Obama Administration UN Embassador and incoming Biden Administration US Agency for International Development 
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