Donovan Pepper currently serves as the national director of local government relations for Walgreen Company, where he oversees local legislative, regulatory and advocacy efforts at the municipal, county and other local units of governments in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. He is an experienced governmental and external affairs professional and has worked for leading entities like SBC (now AT&T), the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Amtrak, and the Illinois Restaurant Association.
Previously, he served on the Appropriations and Substantive Committee Staff for Illinois Speaker of the House, Michael J. Madigan, where he focused on areas of transportation, higher education, and consumer protection.
He was recently inducted into the Samuel K. Gove Illinois Legislative Internship Hall of Fame, recognized as one of the “Most Distinguished Men of Illinois”, and honored by President Barack Obama and the Corporation for National Public Service. Donovan has a master’s degree in political studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sangamon State University.