Don Shea | CEO
DONALD A. SHEA became Director of Business Services at Louisiana Workforce Commission serving St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes, in 2017. Earlier, he was named the first Director of Economic Development for St. Tammany Parish (LA) in early 2013. He had been serving the Jacksonville (FL) Civic Council as its first Executive Director. In addition, Don served as transition staff director for newly-elected Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown during June and July of 2011, and subsequently as an executive-on-loan to Mayor Brown to redesign the economic development delivery system for downtown Jacksonville and the consolidated City of Jacksonville/Duval County government.
Prior to that, Don served as Executive Director of the Shreveport (LA) Downtown Development District, and served for nearly seven years at the St. Petersburg (FL) Downtown Partnership, as President & CEO. Previously, he served as President of the management company for the downtown Business Improvement District in Jackson, MS. Earlier, Don was CEO of the New Orleans Downtown Development District, the first downtown management BID in the United States. He also formed an alliance of downtown medical and research institutions in New Orleans, first as Board member and later as President of the New Orleans Regional Medical Complex (NORMC). Don has served for many years on the Board of Directors of the International Downtown Association (IDA), and was Chairman of IDA during 2004-2005.
A Massachusetts native, Mr. Shea began his career in public service at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, working there in a variety of assignments. Following that, he was Director of Area Planning and Development at Medical Area Service Corp. (MASCO), a consortium of Harvard Medical School, its teaching hospitals, and other higher education institutions in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston.
Don has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and a Master of City Planning degree from Harvard University in Cambridge.
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