Donald L. Evans was the 34th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and a core member of President George W. Bush’s economic team from 2001 – 2005. Evans oversaw a diverse cabinet agency with some 40,000 workers and a $5.8 billion budget focused on promoting American business, both at home and abroad.
Evans previously served as CEO of the Financial Services Forum, resigning at the end of 2007 to take on his current role as Chairman of the private utility company, Energy Future Holdings, formerly known as TXU Corporation. In addition, Evans is a senior partner with Quintana Energy Partners and a senior advisor for Energy Capital Partners in New Jersey.
Evans is a self-described optimist who believes the highest calling in life is serving others. As a result, he has been very active in community service over the years. In 1995, Governor Bush appointed him to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas; he was elected chairman of the board in February 1997 and served two consecutive terms. Evans was a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation for eight years and was a driving force behind Native Vision, a program that provides services to about 10,000 Native American children. In addition, he was involved with the United Way for many years, serving as a past president and campaign chair of the Midland chapter.
Born in Houston, Texas in 1946, Evans attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1969 and an M.B.A. in 1973. His passions in life are his family and friends.
Evans resides, with his wife Susan Marinis Evans, in Midland, Texas. They have three children and four grandchildren.