Renowned Leaders Again Added to Urban Institute Board of Trustees

Eduardo J. Padrón and Shaun Donovan joined this month, following additions Armando Codina, Arthur Segel, Ron Terwilliger, and Charles Ramsey 

WASHINGTON, DC, November 15, 2017—Eduardo Padrón, president of the nation’s largest campus-based institution of higher education, and Shaun Donovan, former director of the US Office of Management and Budget, recently joined the Urban Institute board of trustees, beginning the first of three possible three-year terms.  

They join a distinguished group of trustees, including four others elected during the past year. 

  • Eduardo J. Padrón has served since 1995 as president of Miami Dade College, which has more than 165,000 students and awards more degrees to Hispanics and African Americans than any other institution in the nation. Last year, President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the US, for championing access and inclusion in higher education. Padrón has chaired the American Council on Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, among other national boards.
  • Shaun Donovan, a senior strategist and adviser to the president of Harvard University, was Office of Management and Budget director from 2014 to 2017, secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2014, and chair of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. While commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 2004 to 2009, he created the largest city-sponsored affordable housing plan in the US.

At its May meeting, the Urban Institute board elected a Harvard professor and investor and a Florida business leader, both with deep expertise in real estate and related issues.

  • Armando Codina is the founder and executive chairman of Codina Partners LLC, a real estate investment and development firm in Coral Gables, Flori Its portfolio includes residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects. Codina was previously chairman of Flagler and of the Codina Group, both Florida real estate firms. He is on the boards of The Home Depot and Mayo Clinic.
  • Arthur Segel is the Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, specializing in real estate and urbanization. Segel was a cofounder of TA Associates Realty and the Xander Funds, a vice president at Boston Properties, and the deputy for finance at the Massachusetts Port Authority under Governor Michael Dukakis. He is the cofounder of two nonprofits: the 21st Century Fund and the Tobin Project, which was a winner of a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

Last fall, the Urban board elected housing executive J. Ronald Terwilliger and police chief Charles Ramsey.

  • Ronald Terwilliger is chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential, a national residential real estate company and the largest developer of multifamily housing in the US for several decades. He is chairman emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center, past chairman of the international board of Habitat for Humanity, past chairman of the Urban Land Institute, and former cochairman of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Economic Policy Advisory Council.
  • Charles Ramsey chairs the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. He is a former commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department and former chief of Washington, DC’s Metropolitan Police Department. Ramsey is past president of the Police Executive Research Forum and the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He was cochair of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

“These extraordinary leaders have different areas of expertise and different political viewpoints, but each shares the belief that facts matter,” said Jamie Gorelick, Urban Institute board chair. “At a time of rapid change, they will help ensure that Urban is ready to elevate the debate—bringing insight from rigorous research to critical debates.”  

“These new trustees bring diverse experiences from the front lines, having worked to make a difference in communities around the United States and the world,” said Urban Institute president Sarah Rosen Wartell. “We will benefit from their understanding of the real-world implications of policy, as we look ahead and offer solutions to emerging challenges.”  

Codina, Donovan, Padrón, Ramsey, Segel, and Terwilliger join a diverse array of Urban Institute trustees who have excelled in public and government service, academia, business, and philanthropy.

The nonprofit Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and offered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Their objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.