Poverty Forum

Chuck Donovan
Executive Vice President for Family Research Council

Chuck Donovan, the Executive Vice President for Family Research Council, has more than three decades of experience in the national debates over the sanctity of life, family issues, and a wide range of other public policy topics. He manages the day-to-day operations of FRC and its staff of policy experts, communicators, government affairs specialists, as well as development, academic, and administrative professionals.

In 2003-2004, Mr. Donovan established and managed the Democracy in America project, which helped to devise, finance and implement nonpartisan voter registration projects that brought tens of thousands of new voters to the polls in November.

From 2001 to 2003, he worked on a variety of research and writing projects, from faith-based initiatives and the future of Puerto Rico to human trafficking and the right to life. From 1989 to 2001, Mr. Donovan was one of the principal architects of Family Research Council, helping to establish it as the premier research and policy organization for family issues in the United States. He served as the organization's acting CEO from 1999 to 2001.

In 1996, he helped lay the groundwork for the campaign for working families, the nation's largest pro-family political action committee. From 1981 to 1989, he was a writer for President Ronald Reagan, preparing and editing letters, proclamations, messages, policy documents and commentaries for the president. From 1985 to 1989, he was Deputy Director of the Office of Presidential Correspondence. He was selected by the White House as an Outstanding Young Executive in Government.

Prior to his White House service, Mr. Donovan was legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee. Throughout his career, he has drafted, testified for, or advocated a number of landmark legislative initiatives for the family, including family choice in child care, the $500-per-child tax credit, the Defense of Marriage Act, marriage tax penalty relief, and anti-pornography legislation, including protections for children online. He is the founder of the Coalition for Family-Friendly Media, a network of national groups that campaigned for enforcement of broadcast decency laws and cable choice.

Mr. Donovan has written for himself and for many major public figures, and his writing has appeared in dozens of periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The San Diego Union, World Magazine, The American Library Journal, Citizen magazine of Focus on the Family, The National Catholic Register, American Legion magazine and dozens more. He has been a frequent guest on national radio and television, including CNN, ABC's Nightline, National Public Radio, Janet Parshall's America, CBN and many others. Mr. Donovan is co-author, with Robert G. Marshall, of Blessed Are The Barren: A Social History of Planned Parenthood (Ignatius Press, 1991).

He was a primary researcher and editor for two best-selling books by Gary L. Bauer, Our Hopes, Our Dreams (1996) and Our Journey Home (1992), as well as for Pay to the Order of Puerto Rico by Arthur Laffer and Alexander Odishelidze. He is the author of numerous monographs on family topics, including welfare reform, bioethics, and the culture of life. He is executive producer of two films, including the 2002 Family Research Council video I Do: Portraits From Our Journey. He has spoken to audiences in Great Britain, Canada, Venezuela, and across the United States. The Donovans - Chuck, wife Margaret, two daughters and two sons - reside in Virginia.


Each member of The Poverty Forum participated as an individual and not as a representative of any association. Their individual support and association with any and all proposals may not reflect the agency for which they work.


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The Poverty Forum is made up of 8 teams who came up with 25 policy proposals addressing domestic poverty. Brief summaries, complete white paper policy proposals, and a press kit can be found on our Resource page.

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