Members of the Board of Governors

Mickey D. Barnett, Vice Chairman, USPS Board of Governors

Mickey D. Barnett

Chairman, USPS Board of Governors


Mickey D. Barnett, chairman of the Board of Governors, is an attorney and former New Mexico state senator. He was appointed a governor of the U.S. Postal Service by President George W. Bush on August 17, 2006. He serves as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Compensation and Management Resources Committee.

Governor Barnett has a history of public service in addition to his career in the private sector. Currently, Governor Barnett is the managing partner with the Barnett Law Firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a general practice law firm focusing on litigation. He is a member of the Bar Association of the State of New Mexico; the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit; the United States Supreme Court; and is a member of the Federalist Society. He also was a member of the Appellate Nominating Commission for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals from 1995 to 2002.

Governor Barnett served the public in the New Mexico State Senate from 1980 to 1984. Previously he served the federal government as a legislative assistant to Senator Pete Domenici (1972–1976).

For more than 30 years, Governor Barnett has actively participated in public life and politics in a variety of capacities. His public sector work, often as a volunteer, has always sought to help increase both the efficiency of the government as well as its protection of individual liberties.

He is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from George Washington University National Law Center in 1977. Governor Barnett and his wife, Janet, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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April 2014

James H. Bilbray, Member, USPS Board of Governors

James H. Bilbray

Vice Chairman, USPS Board of Governors


James H. Bilbray, vice chairman of the Board of Governors, is an attorney and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada. He was appointed a governor of the U.S. Postal Service by President George W. Bush on August 17, 2006, for a term that expired December 8, 2006. He was reappointed on December 15, 2006, by President Bush to an additional nine-year term that expires December 8, 2015. He currently serves as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Compensation and Management Resources Committee.

Governor Bilbray has been a member of the State Bar of Nevada since 1965 and is currently an attorney with Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino in Las Vegas. In the 1960s, Bilbray was a deputy district attorney in Clark County, Nevada, and served as chief counsel for the Clark County Juvenile Department. He also served as an alternate Las Vegas municipal judge from 1978 to 1980. He also served as a member of the California-Nevada High Speed Train Commission from 2007–2009.

Governor Bilbray was elected to the Nevada State Senate in 1981 where he served until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1987. He served in the House until 1995 and was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Small Business Committee. He also served as a member of the Select Committee on Hunger and the Select Committee on Aging. He also was a member of the 2005 Base Closing and Realignment Commission, a former member of the Board of Visitors, United States Military Academy (1996–2000), and a member of the Board of Regents, University of Nevada system (1968–1972).

He attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where he served as student body president, and was one of the founders and the first president of UNLV’s alumni association. Governor Bilbray is a graduate of American University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and public administration and a Juris Doctorate degree from the American University Law School

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December 2013

Louis J. Giuliano, Member, USPS Board of Governors

Louis J. Giuliano

Member, USPS Board of Governors


Louis J. Giuliano retired as Chairman, CEO, and President of ITT Corp in December 2004. He retired to focus on serving his faith priorities.

He was named a governor of the U.S. Postal Service by President George W. Bush in November 2004. He was confirmed by the Senate in June 2005 for the remainder of the term that expires in December 2014. He served as vice chairman of the board from February 2009 to January 2010 and as chairman of the board from January 2010 until December 2011. He currently serves as chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Operations Subcommittee and is a member of the Compensation and Management Resources Committee.

During his tenure at ITT, he focused on improving operating performance. He initiated a corporate-wide Value-Based Lean Six Sigma strategy, building a culture of continuous improvement. Through the hard work of the entire ITT team, market capitalization increased by 2.5 times and the stock price appreciated 170 percent.

He joined ITT in 1988 as vice president of Defense Operations and became president of ITT Defense and Electronics in 1991. Before joining ITT, Mr. Giuliano spent 20 years with Allied Signal where he held numerous positions in the Aerospace group.

Governor Giuliano serves as senior advisor to The Carlyle Group. He is on the board of Accudyne Industries, is the non-executive chairman of the board of Vectrus Corporation and is chairman of the board of the Meadowkirk Retreat Center. He is an active member of the CEO Forum and the Advisory Board for the Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative and a Founder of Workforce Ministries. Prior board positions include Engelhard Corp., ServiceMaster and JMC Steel Group.

He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and a Master of Business Administration. He and his wife Barbara reside in the Plains, VA, and are blessed to have their two grown daughters and their families (six grandchildren) living nearby.

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October 2014

Ellen C. Williams, Member, USPS Board of Governors

Ellen C. Williams

Member, USPS Board of Governors


Ellen C. Williams, formerly with the Kentucky Public Service Commission, was appointed a governor of the U.S. Postal Service by President George W. Bush on August 17, 2006, for a term that expired December 8, 2007, and was reappointed on June 6, 2008, for an additional term that expires December 8, 2014. Governor Williams is chairman of the Compensation and Management Resources Committee and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee

After more than 25 years in government and politics, Governor Williams launched her own business, Capital Network, a government affairs and lobbying firm. She previously served as vice chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission and as commissioner of the Governor’s Office for Local Development.

Governor Williams has been active in state and national politics. She served as chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky and was actively involved in the 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. She was active in two Kentucky gubernatorial campaigns and the state’s congressional and senate campaigns and was a former executive assistant to Senator Bob Kasten.

She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

Governor Williams lives in Anderson County, Kentucky, with her two teenage sons, Sam and Joey.

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December 2013

Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer

Patrick R. Donahoe

Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer


Patrick R. Donahoe, the 73rd Postmaster General of the United States, is the Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest postal organization and a lifelong postal employee.

Appointed Postmaster General by the Postal Service Board of Governors in October, 2010, Mr. Donahoe began his 37-year USPS career as a clerk in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to his appointment as the organization’s top officer, he served as the Deputy Postmaster General and the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. He is a former senior vice president of Operations, senior vice president of Human Resources and vice president of Allegheny Area Operations.

Working closely with the organization’s stakeholders, Mr. Donahoe is reshaping the U.S. Postal Service to better meet the evolving mailing and shipping needs of its customers. Shortly after he became PMG, Mr. Donahoe announced his vision for USPS — to strengthen the business-to-consumer channel, improve the customer experience, compete for the package business and become a leaner, faster and smarter organization.

Mr. Donahoe is implementing a comprehensive plan that will ensure a responsive and self-sufficient organization that continues to offer secure, reliable and universal mailing and shipping services. He has mobilized the public and the organization’s employees — a key element of his plan — to help him improve the organization’s management, technology and operations.

Under PMG Donahoe’s leadership, USPS has increased its presence in the fast-growing international shipping market and is offering innovative solutions to small and large businesses that improve the value of the mail. USPS also is exploring ways to more closely integrate the mail with digital communications.

Mr. Donahoe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree as a Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Donahoe and his wife have two children.

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July 2012

Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General

Ronald A. Stroman

Deputy Postmaster General


Ronald A. Stroman was named the 20th Deputy Postmaster General (DPMG) in March 2011. As the second-highest ranking postal executive, he serves on the Postal Service Board of Governors and on Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe’s Executive Leadership Team.

As DPMG, Stroman works closely with the mailing industry to help strengthen relationships and identify opportunities to improve interactions with postal customers. Reporting to Stroman are the vice presidents of Government Relations, Corporate Communications, Consumer and Industry Affairs, and the Judicial Officer. He also has the lead role in working with Congress to restructure the prefunding of retiree health benefits, adjust delivery frequency, and gain greater flexibility in aligning the Postal Service processing, distribution and retail networks.

Stroman has more than 30 years of professional experience in government, legislative affairs and leadership before becoming DPMG. From 1978 to 1984, he was an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He then moved into a position as counsel on the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also worked for the Committee on Government Operations and became a deputy minority staff director for the Government Reform and Oversight Committee.

In 1997, Stroman took a director’s position with the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2001, he joined the General Accounting Office as managing director for the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness. He returned to the House in 2009, where he served as staff director, Committee on Oversight and Government Relations prior to joining the Postal Service.

Stroman earned his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University Law Center.

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April 2011