Courtesy of: Miami Community Newspaper

Donna Shalala

Donna Shalala is a Lebanese American professor and politician.

She was born on February 14, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, and is of Lebanese descent. Donna has worked as a professor and academic administrator at numerous prestigious institutions, such as Columbia University, Hunter College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Before her rise to success, Donna received her bachelor’s degree from Western College for Women in 1962, and her doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1970. 

Throughout her career, Donna has worked as a political servant through numerous roles- she served as the Secretary of Health and Human Service during the Clinton administration, and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2019 to 2021. Donna is the recipient of numerous civil service awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. 


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