Megan Brennan is the former and 74th Postmaster General of the United States. She took office on February 1, 2015, and became the first woman in our country’s history to assume the position of Postmaster General. That’s a pretty impressive feat, if we do say so ourselves! Brennan served as Postmaster General until Louis DeJoy succeeded her in May of 2020.
A Brief History of Megan Brennan
Brennan began her career with USPS in 1986 as a letter carrier in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After that, she worked as a delivery and collection supervisor, a processing plant manager in Reading and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, and a district manager in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Brennan earned an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in 2003. In 2005, she became USPS’ vice president for the Northeast Area, and then quickly rose to vice president of Eastern Area Operations. In December 2010, she was named Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Finally, in November 2014, USPS’ Board of Governors voted to appoint Brennan Postmaster General, officially succeeding Patrick R. Donahue.
What Does Postmaster General Do?
Similar to the CEO of any corporation, the Postmaster General is the executive leader of the United States Postal Service. In a nutshell, Brennan’s job as Postmaster General entailed overseeing USPS’ core operations. She made calls such as whether or not particular facilities remained open, and ordered the decision to raise postage prices. In addition, she oversaw all USPS employees and made sure they received wages and benefits. As Postmaster General, Brennan sat on the USPS Board of Governors, and was also the official liaison between the US Government and the Postal Service.