Derek Donovan Biography

Vice President of Programs and Community Relations 
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

Derek Donovan, Colonel, USMC (Ret.) joined the Foundation in 2007 following 26 years of active duty service in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. A helicopter pilot by training, his last assignment was with the President’s Commission for the Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors.

In addition to extensive operational experience around the world he was also the first Marine selected as aide-de-camp to the Secretary of Navy and provided Presidential helicopter mission support as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Air Facility, Quantico, Virginia. He also served with the Joint Staff for the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission and was responsible for the implementation of the recommendations impacting the Marine Corps.

Derek’s father was a 30-year Veteran of the United States Air Force and his mother served in the Army Nurse Corps. His wife Kathryn is an active duty Captain in the United States Navy currently serving at Naval Facilities Headquarters in Washington, DC. Their daughter, Emily, is a SeaBee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi and their son Morris is an Army and Navy Veteran currently working for BNSF Railroad in Colorado.