Anton Hajjar Confirmed to Postal Board of Governors
Today, May 28, Anton Hajjar was confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Postal Board of Governors. He joins two other recent nominees, Amber McReynolds and Ron Stroman, who were confirmed by the Senate on May 12. The Postal Board of Governors now has a full complement of governors for the first time in more than a decade.
“Our campaign to get new members on the Postal Board of Governors was about making sure those at the highest levels of postal leadership will work to secure a vibrant Postal Service for years to come,” said President Dimondstein, “Thanks to our collective efforts, these three people who understand the importance of investing in good jobs, postal infrastructure and guaranteeing efficient service will now join the Board.”
APWU is confident that Hajjar, McReynolds, and Stroman are pro-postal individuals who reflect the communities they serve and will fight to rebuild the kind of postal service this country deserves.
THANK YOU APWU MEMBERS, ALLIED GROUPS, AND CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORTERS
“The confirmation of Hajjar, McReynolds, and Stroman would not have been possible without the sustained campaign led by APWU members and allies. We are immensely proud of our efforts to confirm these new members. Our success is a reflection of the fact that when we work together, we can secure a vibrant public Postal Service for our country,” said Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard.
Earlier this year, we successfully petitioned the Biden Administration to swiftly nominate governors to the Board who would work to restore quality mail service and support an agenda of expanding the role of USPS in serving our communities. Then we contacted our Senators and urged them to vote to confirm Hajjar, McReynolds, and Stroman when their nominations were brought before the Senate for a full vote. APWU members made over 2,000 calls.
After the November election, President Dimondstein and Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard brought the Postal Board of Governors vacancies to the attention of the Biden administration, urging them to promptly name pro-postal nominees. Many members of Congress echoed this request and we are grateful for their support prior to and throughout the nomination process. We thank the Biden Administration for nominating three very qualified nominees and are especially thankful to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) for their leadership and commitment to confirming these nominees.
DUTIES OF THE BOARD
The Postal Board of Governors is responsible for major decisions about the Postal Service’s operations, policies, and expenditures. A Board with a pro-postal majority can hold the Postmaster General accountable and keep the Postal Service committed to vibrant, public and universal postal service.
The new Governors will have the power to:
- Push for speedier delivery
- Fight against mail slow-downs and post office closures
- Defend and expand postal services
- Keep the Postal Service committed to vibrant, public and universal postal service
- Work to ensure election ballots are processed and delivered on time
The Board is made up of eleven members, which includes the Postmaster General and Deputy Postmaster General. Once the new members are confirmed, the Board will consist of:
- Ron A. Bloom, Chairman
- Roman Martinez IV, Vice Chairman
- John M. Barger, Member
- Robert M. Duncan, Member
- Donald L. Moak, Member
- William D. Zollars, Member
- Amber McReynolds, Member
- Ron Stroman, Member
- Anton Hajjar, Member
- Douglas Tulino, Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Human Resources Officer
- Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE THREE SOON-TO-BE MEMBERS TO THE POSTAL BOARD OF GOVERNORS:
Anton Hajjar is the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, and has significant experience representing unions and union workers. Hajjar has also served as an advisor and pro bono attorney in employment discrimination cases, including those of Arab-and Muslim-Americans following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and continues to serve as a legal adviser to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. In 2002, he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute and currently serves on its governing Board. Hajjar received his Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, graduated with honors from Tulane University Law School, and clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Amber McReynolds is a leading expert on election administration and policy. She is currently the CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute, a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to expanding and improving vote-by-mail systems in all fifty states, and former Director of Elections for the City and County of Denver, Colorado, where her team implemented a first-in-the-nation ballot tracking, reporting, and communication program that increased accountability and enhanced security for mail ballots. McReynolds received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ron Stroman recently served as Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Governmental Relations Officer for the United States Postal Service. Stroman previously served in multiple roles in the House of Representatives including Staff Director and Minority Staff Director for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, staff member on the Committee on Government Operations, and counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. Stroman has also previously worked in an executive role at the U.S. Department of Transportation and as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan College and his J.D. from Rutgers University Law Center.