Obama nominates Stephen Crawford to USPS Board

The White House has announced the nomination of Stephen Crawford of Maryland to the US Postal Service Board of Governors. If approved by the Senate, Crawford would fill the vacancy created by the departure last July of Alan C. Kessler, who resigned after the USPS OIG raised questions about his actions on behalf of an associate who had business dealings with the USPS.

Stephen Crawford is a research professor at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy at George Washington University.  From 2009 to 2011, he served as Vice President for Policy & Research at the Corporation for Enterprise Development, and from 2008 to 2009 as Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Previously, Mr. Crawford was the Director of Social, Economic and Workforce Programs at the National Governors Association from 2002 to 2007 and Vice President, Treasurer, and Board Secretary of the National Policy Association from 2000 to 2002.  Earlier in his career, he served as Executive Director of the Governors’ Workforce Investment Board for the State of Maryland from 1997 to 2000.  Mr. Crawford served in the U.S. Army, including as an infantry officer in Vietnam, and he was awarded a Bronze Star. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, a M.G.A from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Crawford has advocated reducing delivery days as well as a number of other initiatives for changing the USPS business model. See below for a 2009 paper he authored entitled “Toward a New Business Model for the United States Postal Service”:

Toward a New Business Model for the United States Postal Service