About

The editor of Get Real NYC is Gail Donovan, founder, owner, and principal of Donovan Communications, a New York City-based public relations and marketing firm.

Gail founded Donovan Communications in July 1998, after spending more than 10 years in corporate communications and business development at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her work experience also includes more than six years as a reporter, editor, and columnist for newspapers in Oklahoma City, OK, and Brooklyn, NY.

Gail’s commitment to economic development led her start Donovan Communications and soon she was writing publications about the Community Reinvestment Act for her previous employer, the New York Fed.  Other clients have included  a community development bank, community-based economic development organizations and business improvement districts, nonprofits, commercial real estate firms, and small businesses. Gail is proud that she’s had the opportunity to work for clients that have contributed to New York City’s recent renaissance.

Gail specializes in writing press releases, newsletters, brochures, and annual reports; handling media relations and placements in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Crain’s New York, the Wall Street Journal, community and trade publications, and local television and radio; managing the production of publications; planning business conferences and events; and creating marketing and communications strategies.

Gail is a member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; New York Women in Communications; the Community Advisory Board for WNET, Channel 13; Brooklyn Public Library’s Business Library Success Council; and serves 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 received 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, and as president of the University of Oklahoma’s Alumni Club of Greater New York. She has volunteered extensively in the Brooklyn community for organizations including the Junior League of Brooklyn, which gave her the opportunity to volunteer with Graham-Windham Services to Families and Children, the Crown Heights Youth Collective, Center for the Elimination of Violence in the Family, Brooklyn Museum, and other community groups.

Her awards include the President’s Award for Excellence from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Outstanding Community Service award from the Friends of RSVP; the University of Oklahoma Regents’ Award for Dedicated Service, 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 .

Gail can be reached at 718-399-2122 or donovancom@aol.com.

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