Donovan Communications

Gail Mitchell Donovan

Gail Mitchell Donovan is the founder and principal of Donovan Communications, a marketing and public relations firm she founded in July 1998, after spending more than 10 years in corporate communications and business development at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.


Her most recent work experience includes serving as Chief Marketing/Communications Officer for Eastern Consolidated, a full service commercial real estate firm, and Director of Communications for Ariel Property Advisors, an investment property sales firm. 

She has more than six years experience as a reporter, editor, and columnist for The Daily Oklahoman, Journal Record, and Oklahoma Journal newspapers in Oklahoma City, OK, and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn Heights Press, and Brooklyn Woman in Brooklyn, NY.


A commitment to entrepreneurship and economic development prompted Gail to open Donovan Communications, and soon she was writing publications related to the Community Reinvestment Act for her previous employer, the New York Fed, and serving as the back office public relations department for Community Capital Bank, Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Brooklyn CareWorks, and small business owners.


Donovan Communications specializes in writing press releases, newsletters, marketing brochures, and annual reports; handling media relations; managing the production of publications; planning business conferences and events; creating marketing and communications strategies; and government and community relations.


Gail is proud that she's had the opportunity to work for entrepreneurs and nonprofits responsible for New York City's recent renaissance including the Renfro Design Group, the lighting designer for the restored Grand Central Terminal and Rose Room at the New York Public Library; Susan Doban Architect, PC, the architectural firm that helped preserve the Civil War-era Red Hook Warehouses by designing the work/live spaces above Fairway; and Park Avenue Building and Roofing Supplies, a commercial facility that brought jobs and redevelopment to Ocean Hill-Brownsville, Brooklyn.


Gail has served as a member of Women & Housing and Finance; REBNY; the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; New York Women in Communications; Brooklyn Public Library's Business Library Success Council; and served on the marketing sub-committee for the Office of the Superintendent, Catholic School Support Services Brooklyn-Queens Diocese. She frequently makes presentations about marketing and communications to small businesses, and has served as a judge for the Business Library's annual Power Up business plan competition.


She earned her master's degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma


Gail has served as president of the Junior League of Brooklyn, as a member of the board of directors and treasurer of Graham-Windham Services to Families and Children, and as president of the University of Oklahoma's Alumni Club of Greater New York.


As a volunteer, she helped create the Esteem Team, a mentoring program for young women in Graham-Windham's foster care program; served as one of the Brooklyn coordinators for the Million Mom March; helped develop a series of college and job workshops for the Crown Heights Youth Collective; and has volunteered at the Center for the Elimination of Violence in the Family, Brooklyn Museum, and other community groups.


Her awards include the University of Oklahoma Regents' Award for Dedicated Service; the President's Award for Excellence from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Outstanding Community Service award from the Friends of RSVP; and U.S. Small Business Administration Media Advocate of the Year. She was honored by Richard Green and the Crown Heights Youth Collective at the organization's 25th anniversary gala.


July 2018