Maura Donahue

Headshot of Maura Donahue, 2019-2020 Chair of the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
President, DonahueFavret Contractors Holding Company

Maura Donahue is President of DonahueFavret Contractors Holding Company. She has been a key member of DonahueFavret Contractors, Inc. since joining the company in 1981. As the company grew, Maura was named Vice President, overseeing business development and office administration, and in 2010 became Executive Vice President. Maura is one of the owners of DonahueFavret Contractors.

Maura is a past chair of the board of directors and of the executive committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation.  She currently serves on the board, the executive committee, and is chair of the nominating committee.

Long an active leader in local chambers and economic development organizations, Maura chairs the Northshore Regional Board, is a former chair of the Board of LABI, former chair of Greater New Orleans Inc., and serves on the boards of Resource Bank, the Northshore Community Foundation, and Legatus Northshore. Formerly, Maura served on the boards of Blueprint Louisiana, the State of Louisiana Board of Commerce & Industry, the St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, and served on the Advisory Board of Entergy Louisiana. She chaired the board of the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Board of Regents of Our Lady of Holy Cross College and the Committee of 100 for Economic Development (C100) in Louisiana.

She is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana and Leadership St. Tammany West, who named Maura its Leadership Alumni of the Year.  She was twice named a Women of the Year honoree by the New Orleans Publishing Group. She was awarded Person of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors Bayou Chapter in 2004. In 2007 Maura was honored as Woman of the Year for St. Tammany West Business and Professional Women and was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2008. The Louisiana Center for Women in Government & Business named Maura Corporate Executive of the Year in 2013. In 2014, Maura was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. She received the inaugural Ed Steimel Achievement Award from LABI in 2016.

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Letter to The Advocate: Courts should support insurance options for small businesses

Small business owners struggle to provide their employees with health insurance. About 8 in 10 are concerned about health care prices.

Last year, President Donald Trump took steps to change that. His administration finalized a rule that would let small businesses band together and buy less expensive health plans.

I own a small business here in Louisiana — DonahueFavret Contractors in Mandeville — and I know how beneficial such cost-saving measures can be. Unfortunately, the rule is tied up in court. That's disheartening.