Donovan Strategies LLC is a lobbying and business development firm that provides services in federal government relations as well as state government relations in Massachusetts. These trusted relationships can help you with your needs in government relations, accessing grants and incentives, and business development.
Joe has spent more than 25 years developing professional and personal relationships in Massachusetts, New England and Washington D.C. representing many of the leading organizations and institutions in sectors such as defense, aerospace, marine and maritime, energy and life sciences. He uses his matchmaking abilities to link many of the companies and organizations in these sectors with key political leaders to create mutually beneficial relationships.
Joe splits his time working in Massachusetts, where he lives, and Washington D.C., engaging with both state and federal officials in support of his clients. His ability to understand and navigate the workings of government in Massachusetts and Washington D.C. greatly benefits the companies, institutions and organizations he serves.
Prior to starting Donovan Strategies, Joe was at Nelson Mullins, a nationally ranked law and government relations firm, for 14 years. Joe served as a member of the firm’s federal government relations team and founded and co-chaired the firm’s defense sector industry practice.
Joe also served as spokesman for jobs and the economy in the administration of Massachusetts Governor (now United States Senator from Utah) Mitt Romney. In that role, Joe frequently engaged with officials in the Massachusetts State Legislature and Massachusetts Congressional delegation on numerous issues impacting the Massachusetts and New England economy.
He is very active in many organizations that support the needs of his clients including the New England Council (chair, defense sector subcommittee) and as a board member for the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance, UMass Lowell Research Institute, University of Massachusetts Club, and University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Political Science. He is a past board member for, and remains active with, the New England chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association.
Joe is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted on matters involving politics in The New York Times, Politico, The Boston Globe, NPR, Roll Call and the Boston Business Journal. Joe is an active alumnus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (BA) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (MS).