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Donna Shalala

Donna Shalala is a Lebanese American politician and academic.

She was born on February 14, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, and is of Lebanese descent. Donna has served as President and Chancellor of various universities, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Carter, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, and a member of the US House of Representatives.

Before her rise to fame, Donna received her Bachelor’s of History Degree from the Western College for Women, and her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. 

Throughout her career, Donna received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, and she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Government Hall of Fame.


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