Donna Shalala

United States |  Former Member, US House of Representatives (D-FL)

Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Former President & CEO of the Clinton Foundation

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Donna Shalala is a former member of the House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 27th congressional district from 2019 to 2021. From 1993 to 2001, she served as US secretary of health and human services. She was the president and CEO of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation from 2015 until 2017. Prior to heading the Clinton Foundation, Shalala was president of the University of Miami. She has a long history in academia, having previously taught politics at Baruch College and Columbia University’s Teachers College. Shalala also served as president of Hunter College from 1980 to 1987 and as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison from 1987 to 1993.

Shalala’s career in public service began under the Carter administration in 1977, when she was appointed assistant secretary for policy development and research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Shalala has more than four dozen honorary degrees and a host of other honors, including the 1992 National Public Service Award and the 1994 Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award. In 1992, BusinessWeek named her one of the top five managers in higher education and in 2005, US News & World Report named her one of “America’s Best Leaders.” President George W. Bush presented Shalala with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2008 and in 2010, she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, which recognizes individuals for outstanding dedication to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally.

In 2011, Shalala was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, and in 2014, she was recognized by the Harry S. Truman Library with the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award and received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor, the Sand in My Shoes Award, for her significant contributions to the community. 


Shalala joined the Dialogue as a Member in 2001.

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Donna Shalala, Inter-American Dialogue member and former member of the US House of Representatives, has been named as the interim president of The New School in New York City.

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