President-elect Obama has picked New York City housing commissioner Shaun Donovan to be secretary of housing and urban development. Obama has spoken that this position will be a key post that will play a large role in the administration’s efforts to stop the number of foreclosures and expand homeownership. Donavan served on the National Housing Trust‘s Board of Directors. The New York Times ran a brief background on Donovan’s role in New York Housing and painted his nomination in an extremely favorable light. During his tenure as NYC Housing Commissioner, he developer the largest affordable housing plan in the nation by numbers for the city’s boroughs. Additionally, Donovan served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing at HUD during the Clinton administration and was responsible for improving more than 2 million affordable apartments.
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