Joseph M. Donovan

A Managing Director, Federal Strategies Team
T: 617.217.4739
F: 617.217.4759
One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109

Joseph Donovan assists clients in areas such as defense, higher education and energy in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Boston office. Mr. Donovan is involved with federal and state initiatives and interacts regularly with the New England Congressional delegation, working closely with staff (based in Washington and in districts) as well as state officials in Massachusetts. He focuses on funding and business development efforts for clients and helps identify and secure public and private sector partners for financing opportunities. Mr. Donovan is a frequent speaker and guest columnist on sectors that impact the Massachusetts and New England economy. 

Previous Professional Experience

  • Served as spokesman on jobs and the economy for the administration of Governor Mitt Romney and was Director of Communications for the Executive Office of Economic Development where he provided counsel to four secretariats and 17 agencies and offices
  • Actively involved with economic development efforts across Massachusetts particularly in defense, higher education and energy
  • While in Romney Administration, involved in the reform of the state's commercial permitting process, development of a $100 million job creation infrastructure fund, clean energy policy initiatives, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, a $23 million Nanotechnology Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and job creation efforts such as the Bristol Myers Squibb biomanufacturing facility at Devens
  • Served as Vice President for WolfBlock Public Strategies, LLC
  • Public relations executive with two Boston-based strategic communications firms
  • Ran his own independent communications practice, where he represented Fortune 1000 firms, academic institutions, and businesses in technology, telecommunications, and energy