Board Member, USA, United Bid Committee 2026
Trustee Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami
Donna Shalala, Trustee Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, is also a distinguished fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and the Center for Health Policy. Shalala is a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and served as President of the Clinton Foundation (2015–2017).
Shalala is an accomplished scholar, teacher, administrator, and highly decorated public servant. She served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (1993-2001); President of the University of Miami (2001-20015); Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1987-1993); President of Hunter College of the City University New York (1980-1987); and Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (1977-1980).
A recognized expert in health and social policy, Shalala was selected by President George W. Bush to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors. In 2008, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian award. 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, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.
She received her PhD at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and A.B. degree from Western College for Women. She has been elected to the Council on Foreign Relations, and to seven national academies, including the National Academy of Medicine.