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Housing and Urban Development - Shaun Donovan
12.19.08, 04:32 PM CST
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Shaun Donovan, 42, current head of the New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, was selected by Barack Obama to be a member of his cabinet as head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Obama has said his administration will aggressively work to minimize foreclosures and keep as many people in their homes as possible. Obama said Donovan brings "fresh thinking unencumbered by old ideology and outdated ideas."

Donovan was born in New York City and went on to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing at the HUD and was acting Federal Housing Administration commissioner during the Clinton administration and the Bush administration's transition process.

Donovan later worked at Prudential Mortgage Capital before being named commissioner of New York's housing department by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2004. Donovan was tasked with managing one of the country's largest affordable housing programs. With a $7.5 billion budget plan, Donovan sought to put half a million people in affordable housing.

Donovan will be working in an integral sector of America's current economic meltdown. The announcement of Donovan's selection for the post was viewed as a surprise by many.

Much of the attention before Donovan was picked had focused on Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, among others.

Donovan worked for President-Elect Obama during his 2008 Presidential campaign.

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