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Obama Nominates Donovan to Institute Board

Monday, June 11, 2012  
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President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Joseph Byrne Donovan to a key Administration post as a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors. Donovan was one of four intended appointees announced by the White House on May 18.

"I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," said President Obama.

If approved, Donovan would become one of the 21-member Board of Directors that governs the Institute. The Board is composed of 15 members elected from either the public interest or industry categories and six members appointed by the President of the United States subject to the approval of the U.S. Senate.

Donovan is senior vice president at Beacon Capital Partners, a privately held real estate investment firm headquartered in Boston with domestic offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., as well as international offices in London, Luxembourg and Paris. He oversees and directs emergency response for the firm’s 30 million square-foot portfolio. Donovan works with 19 real estate management companies to develop and execute emergency and crisis management programs to minimize the impact of events and support the local, regional and national public service groups’ needs to respond to events. He also coordinates outside consulting groups focused on risk management, security and crisis management public relations disciplines.

A strong believer in the need to create partnerships between property owners and public agencies to maximize the effectiveness of communities’ emergency preparation and response, Donovan has been chair of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) National Preparedness Committee since 2008. He has worked diligently to reorganize this group to build working relationships with key industry associations (public health, police, fire, public transportation, rail, etc.) with the goal of cataloguing existing needs, creating a framework for growth, networking for resiliency and expanding the network of preparedness committees nationwide. Donovan is also vice chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Homeland Security Task Force and co-chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Facilities Sector Coordinating Council.

Prior to joining Beacon in 2004, Donovan worked for CarrAmerica, serving first as vice president and director of operations and then as senior vice president of facilities management. He previously worked at LaSalle Partners in several roles, including regional vice president. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting.

Read the release from the White House Press Office.


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