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Obama Picks HUD Secretary

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Posted December 13, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama nominated Shaun Donovan to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Obama named the appointment during Saturday's Democratic Radio Address.

Donovan is currently the Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development.  He formerly worked for Prudential.  He holds a graduate degree from Harvard and has authored articles at the University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

His experience in New York gives him ample time to understand how to run an organization with a large budget.  Obama praised Donovan for his work in developing an affordable housing plan for the City.

His experience has touched upon not just development, but also issues related to finance and zoning.  He has worked to help New Yorkers avoid subprime loans. The affordable housing plan includes incentives for developers to put affordable units in upscale development.

Donovan does not appear to have any experience with manufactured housing.  He is an eastern urbanite with a focus on preservation of housing.  Nonetheless, his credentials as a "houser" are excellent and speak well for his ability to revitalize HUD.  The agency has been wounded, following the resignation of Alphonso Jackson.

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