The 30-second ad features former President Barack Obama applauding NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan’s work in housing and crisis management and further showcases Donovan’s breadth of experience compared to other mayoral hopefuls. 

  NEW YORK:____Today, New Yorkers for Donovan released a powerful new ad highlighting New York City Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan’s wealth of experience serving New York City and the entire country as both federal Housing Secretary as well as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama. The 30-second ad, which is hitting airwaves and digital platforms across the five boroughs, is the first television ad to be released by any of the mayoral candidates and features Donovan in action while tackling some of the biggest challenges facing our city and nation.

From leading the federal effort to help New Yorkers recover from Hurricane Sandy to helping effectively contain the Ebola outbreak, Donovan has been on the frontlines in moments of crisis and helped our country recover during unprecedented times. Shaun Donovan has more substantive experience than any other candidate in the Mayoral contest, and he will use that experience to help New York City navigate the unprecedented times we are currently living through, all while making this city a city that works for all New Yorkers.

“I represent real change, but at the same time, the change candidate usually has the least experience, I actually have the most,” said NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan. “I’ve been on the frontlines in moments of crisis like nobody else has. We need a mayor who can roll up their sleeves and get to work to rebuild better and stronger and safer.”

About Shaun Donovan:

A lifelong New Yorker, Shaun Donovan served in President Obama’s Cabinet for his full eight years in office. From January 2009 to July 2014, Shaun was the 15th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he led the fight against the nation’s unprecedented foreclosure crisis. Under his leadership, HUD helped families rent or buy affordable homes, revitalized distressed communities, fought discrimination, and dramatically reduced homelessness. After Hurricane Sandy hit his hometown, President Obama asked him to lead the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, leaving a stronger, more resilient region than before the storm hit.

In July 2014, he was sworn in as the 40th Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. At OMB, Shaun increased investment in key domestic and national security priorities that grew the economy, protected our country, and increased opportunity. And he oversaw regulations that reduced inequality, expanded health care, improved education, and fought climate change. While OMB Director, Shaun played a pivotal role in managing the nation’s response to the Ebola and Zika outbreaks.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Donovan served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Bloomberg. He also served in the Clinton administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multi-family Housing at HUD and as acting FHA Commissioner.

Deeply affected by the crisis he saw around him growing up, he volunteered in a homeless shelter during college and interned for the National Coalition for the Homeless when he graduated. After studying housing in graduate school, he returned to work for the nonprofit Community Preservation Corporation in the Bronx and across New York City.

Donovan holds a B.A. and Masters degrees in Public Administration and Architecture from Harvard University. Shaun was born and grew up in New York City, and is married to Liza Gilbert, a Landscape Architect who has designed and restored parks in New York City and across the country. Shaun and Liza live in Brooklyn, where they raised their sons Milo and Lucas.


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