WASHINGTON—Hudson Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of longtime Chamber of Commerce president Thomas J. Donohue to its Board of Trustees. Donohue has served on the Hudson board in the past.
“We are excited to have Tom rejoin the Hudson board,” said Sarah May Stern, chairman of Hudson’s Board of Trustees. “Mr. Donohue’s business and political acumen are second to none, and we are fortunate to have the benefit of his expertise as Hudson continues to lead the way in developing policies that advance U.S. leadership, global security, and prosperity.”
Donohue served as president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1997 to 2019, and chief executive officer from 2019 to 2021. Under Donohue’s leadership, the Chamber emerged as a powerful advocate for the business community globally, nationally, and on Capitol Hill. He is still an advisor to the organization.
“It’s a great privilege to welcome Tom back to Hudson,” said John Walters, president and CEO of Hudson Institute. “His record of leadership speaks for itself, and his global experience and insights are a powerful new asset to Hudson as we grapple with the key policy challenges of our time.”
Prior to serving at the Chamber, Donohue spent 13 years as president and CEO of the American Trucking Association. He also served as deputy assistant postmaster general of the U.S. and vice president of development at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Donohue earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University. He holds honorary degrees from Adelphi, St. John’s, Marymount, Bradley, and Pepperdine universities, along with the National University of Ireland at Maynooth.
He is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award and the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds the highest civilian honor from Germany and South Korea, as well as the Order of the Crown (Commander Class) presented by the Crown Prince of Belgium and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun awarded by the Government of Japan.
Donohue and his late wife, Liz, have three sons and five grandchildren.