Megan Brennan

Megan Brennan
74th United States Postmaster General
Assumed office
February 1, 2015
President Barack Obama
Deputy Ronald Stroman
Preceded by Patrick Donahoe
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 5455)
Pottsville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Immaculata University (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of

Megan Jane Brennan (born 1961) is the Postmaster General of the United States. The seventy-fourth postmaster general, Brennan became the first woman to hold the office when she assumed the position on February 1, 2015.[1][2]

Early life and education

A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Brennan attended Nativity BVM High School there, where she played softball and basketball and was on the 1978 state championship basketball team. After graduating in 1980, she attended Immaculata College near Philadelphia, graduating in 1984 with a B.A. in history. Brennan is of Irish[3] descent.

Brennan earned a MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2003.[4]

Brennan's late brother worked in their hometown Pottsville post office until he died in 2013.[5]


She began her career with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in 1986 as a letter carrier in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She subsequently worked as a delivery and collection supervisor, a processing plant manager in Reading and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, and a district manager in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Brennan stepped away from the USPS for a year to study as a Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following that hiatus, she served as manager of field support and integration and manager of operations support for the Northeast Area. In May 2005 she 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 the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware, Kentucky, Central and South Jersey, Western New York and parts of Virginia and Indiana.[6] In December 2010, she was named chief operating officer and executive vice president of the USPS. In 2012, she began shutting down mail-handling facilities because of budget cuts brought on by less mail and Congressionally-mandated pension funding rules.

On November 14, 2014, the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors voted to appoint Brennan postmaster general, to succeed Patrick R. Donahoe, who was set to retire in February 2015.


  1. Bigalke, Jay (November 14, 2014). "First woman postmaster general starts Feb. 1". Linn's Stamp News. Archived from the original on November 17, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  3. "one of seven children in an Irish Catholic family." -
  4. "Postal Service Board of Governors selects Megan Brennan as 74th Postmaster General and CEO of the United States Postal Service" (Press release). United States Postal Service. November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  5. Straehley, Steve. "Postmaster General: Who Is Megan Brennan?". AllGov. AllGov. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  6. "Postmaster General". Leadership and Officers USPS. United States Postal Service. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
Government offices
Preceded by
Patrick Donahoe
United States Postmaster General
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