Earlier this year, Megan Brennan became the first woman to head the US Postal Service. She took over the role of Postmaster General from Patrick Donahoe. The former COO of the USPS, Brennan oversees almost 500,000 employees across the country and has taken over the reins of an organization that’s posted significant losses for eight years in a row. The USPS reported a $5.5-billion net loss for its 2014 fiscal year, though operating revenue was up about one percent on the strength of increased package deliveries and a rate hike at the beginning of this year, however—its second-consecutive year of growth following 4 years of declines. Under Brennan, the expectation is that things will continue as they have in recent years for the USPS, meaning the postal service will keep trying to control costs, diversify revenue streams and lobby Congress for operational reforms. Prior to her promotion, Brennan held roles such as Vice President of both Eastern Area and Northeast Area Operations. Brennan began her 29-year Postal Service career as a mail carrier in Lancaster, PA.