Postmaster General: Who Is Megan Brennan?

Monday, December 08, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors on November 14, 2014, voted to appoint Megan J. Brennan, a career Postal Service employee, as the next postmaster general. Brennan, who will be the first woman in the post, will assume her duties after the February 2015 retirement of Patrick Donahoe.


Brennan is a native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. She attended Nativity BVM High School, where she played basketball on the 1978 state championship team and played softball. She graduated in 1980 and went to Immaculata College outside Philadelphia. She graduated from there in 1984 with a B.A. in history.


No one can accuse Brennan of taking the easy road to the top. She began with the Postal Service in 1986 as a letter carrier in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She subsequently worked her way up the ladder as a delivery and collection supervisor, processing plant manager in Reading and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and a district manager in Springfield, Massachusetts.


Brennan stepped away from the Postal Service for a year to study as a Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her MBA in 2003.


She served as manager of field support and integration, manager of operations support for the Northeast Area and in May 2005 was named vice president for the Northeast Area, where she  coordinated and integrated processing and distribution, transportation and delivery operations in that region.


Brennan was then named vice president of Eastern Area Operations, putting her in charge of postal operations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware, Kentucky, Central and South Jersey, Western New York and parts of Virginia and Indiana.


In December 2010, Brennan was named chief operating officer and executive vice president of the Postal Service. Beginning in 2012, she had to begin shutting mail-handling facilities because of budget cuts brought on by less mail and Congressional-mandated pension funding rules. Initially many rural post offices were on the chopping block as well, but outcries from affected residents, as well as their representatives in Congress, forced another plan. Instead, hours in many rural facilities were cut, but the offices were saved.


Brennan wasn’t the only postal worker in her family; her late brother worked in the hometown Pottsville post office until he died in 2013.

-Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

Official Biography

Pottsville Native To Become First Woman Postmaster General CEO (by Gabriella O’Grady, Pottsville Republican-Herald)


Frances Gandy Walsh 2 years ago
Congrats to you on this Woman's Day. I am so glad I lived to see the day that a woman holds the position of PMG, after millions have worked in post offices at all times in the history of this country. Best of luck to you!
Roger Choate 2 years ago
I'm pleased to see Steve lay the blame for the USPS difficulties exactly where it belongs--Congressional-mandated (obviously not their 'friends' in Congress, as Michael Coughlin claimed) pension funding. It required the USPS to pre-fund retirement for future employees, for the next 75 years (in 2006, and do it in only 10 years. Considering the USPS was never meant to turn a profit, this was an insurmountable burden & gave their 'enemies' in Congress to claim the USPS was a faulty institution. Left alone--it worked just fine. It is entirely self-funded.
Paul Miller 2 years ago
Congatulations on your appointment. Lead the Postal Service up and work with the workers. I know you will be fair. I worked for you in York,PA.
Debby Childers 2 years ago
As a rural carrier, I would like to welcome Megan as Post Master General. So excited to see what the future holds for us.
Michael Coughlin 2 years ago
An excellent appointment! Megan knows and understands the system, and has the ability to inspire innovation. She also has the courage to do what will need to be done over the next few years to right this ship, regardless of the "head-in-the-sand unions" and their "friends" in the Congress. Go get 'em, Megan!

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