Shalala, Donna E. (Donna Edna), 1941-

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Donna Edna Shalala (born February 14, 1941) is an American politician and academic. A member of the Democratic Party, she served as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration and represented Florida's 27th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2019 to 2021.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she attended West Technical High School before receiving a bachelor's degree in 1962 from Western College for Women. From 1962 to 1964, she was among the first volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps. In 1970, Shalala began her teaching career as a political science professor at Baruch College. In 1972, Shalala became a professor of politics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, a post she held until 1979. Concurrently, from 1977 to 1980, she served as the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter Administration.

Shalala's first experience with academic administration came on October 8, 1980, when she became the tenth president of Hunter College, serving in this capacity until 1988. Shalala next served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1988–1993). She served as the 18th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. In 2001, Shalala joined the boards of UnitedHealth and Lennar, where over the following decade she earned millions of dollars.

Shalala served as President of the University of Miami, a private university in Coral Gables, Florida, from 2001 through 2015. She served as President of the Clinton Foundation from 2015 to 2017. Shalala was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 election, in a district which includes just over half of Miami as well as some of its eastern suburbs, that had been represented by a retiring Republican. She was defeated in the 2020 general election by former newscaster Maria Elvira Salazar, Shalala's 2018 opponent, in an upset.

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referencedIn Video Recordings of the White House Television Office (Clinton Administration). 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Video Recordings Relating to the Clinton Administration. 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Video Recording of President William Jefferson Clinton Signing the Immunization Proclamation Act
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 1931 - 2003. Central Photograph Files
referencedIn Harris, Patricia, 1924-1985. Patricia Harris papers, 1950-1983 (bulk 1977-1980). Library of Congress
referencedIn World Conference on Women. United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, papers 1992-2001. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Women's Economic Round Table. Records, 1976-2005 (bulk: 1978-2004) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Shalala, Donna E. 64th annual spring commencement at Sarah Lawrence College [sound recording] / with remarks by U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna E. Shalala. Sarah Lawrence College, Esther Raushenbush Library
referencedIn Harvard Medical School. Media Services. Special events photographs, 1992-1998. Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
creatorOf Chesler, Phyllis. Phyllis Chesler papers, 1968-1990 and n.d. (bulk 1970-1986). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn World Conference on Women. Papers relating to the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1992-1997 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Hunter College. Miscellaneous subject collection - presidents, 1851-1982. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Records of Organizations in the Executive Office of the President. 1963 - 2001. Moving Images Relating to the Drug Control Policy During the Administration of President Bill Clinton. 1989 - 2000. Press Conference on the Release of the National Drug Control Strategy
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Justice. 1790 - 2002. Photographs of Attorneys General Performing Official Duties
referencedIn Records of, New Perspectives on Caribbean Studies: Toward the 21st Century and Prospects for Caribbean Basin Integration, (Conference held at Hunter College, CUNY, August 28-September 1, 1984), Bulk, 1984, 1979-2008 New York University. Archives
referencedIn St. John's University (New York, N.Y.). Peace Corps training program : Jamaica VI : records, 1961-1968, bulk 1965. St. John's University Libraries
referencedIn Records of Organizations in the Executive Office of the President. 1963 - 2001. Moving Images Relating to the Drug Control Policy During the Administration of President Bill Clinton
creatorOf Shalala, Donna E. Remarks : Commencement at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts : typescript / Donna E. Shalala. Mount Holyoke College, Williston & Miles-Smith Library
referencedIn Audiotape collection of the National Women's Conference, 1977 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 1931 - 2003. Photographs of HUD Assistant Secretaries and Other HUD Personnel
referencedIn Papers of Nan Robertson, 1920-2004 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Chesler, Phyllis. Phyllis Chesler papers, 1968-1990 and n.d. (bulk 1970-1986). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Records of, Sojourner, (inclusive), (bulk), 1920-2004, 1975-2002 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Alan K. Campbell Papers, 1967-1998 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Sage Colleges Archives. Honorary degree recipient for 1977, Donna E. Shalala. The Sage Colleges Libraries
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associatedWith Campbell, Alan K., Archives. person
associatedWith Chesler, Phyllis person
correspondedWith Harris, Patricia, 1924-1985. person
associatedWith Harvard Medical School. Media Services. corporateBody
leaderOf Hunter college corporateBody
associatedWith Hunter College. corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs corporateBody
leaderOf Miami, University of (Coral Gables, FL) corporateBody
associatedWith Mount Holyoke College corporateBody
correspondedWith Nan Robertson person
associatedWith National Women's Conference corporateBody
employeeOf New York (N.Y.). Baruch College. corporateBody
memberOf Peace Corps (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sojourner (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith St. John's University (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
memberOf United States. Congress. House person
leaderOf United States. Department of Health and Human Services corporateBody
leaderOf University of Wisconsin--Madison corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Western College for Women corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Economic Round Table corporateBody
associatedWith World Conference on Women. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
District of Columbia DC US
Cleveland OH US
Oxford OH US
Miami FL US
New York City NY US
Madison WI US
Syracuse NY US
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Women--Political activity
Women presidents
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Professors (teacher)
Federal Government Appointee
University presidents
Nonprofit Executive
Cabinet officers
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Florida
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Birth 1941-02-14

Female

Americans

English

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