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NALC members are welcome to contact the department for assistance with:

To reach the department, please call 202-662-2833. If you wish to contact a specific member of the Department of Legislative and Political Affairs, see below.

Meet our staff

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Kori Blalock Keller, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs

In March 2014, Kori Blalock Keller was hired as the Department of Legislative and Political Affairs’ legislative director and as political advisor to NALC’s president. Prior to coming to work for NALC, Keller worked for 10 years for a transportation union as its spokesperson for communications and legislative affairs. Since coming to NALC, Keller has helped fend off the repeated legislative attacks on letter carrier jobs while promoting the need for real postal reform that will allow the U.S. Postal Service to innovate and grow. As the director of the department, Keller oversees its staff and also sets NALC’s legislative, political and grassroots priorities.

Ed Morgan, Legislative and Political Organizer

As a legislative and political organizer, Morgan works closely with the Department of Legislative and Political Affairs at NALC Headquarters as well as with state associations and legislative and political activists across the country. Morgan, a member of Philadelphia Branch 157, has served as a branch steward, congressional district liaison, trustee and web editor. In addition, Morgan has led get-out-the-vote efforts in the Philadelphia area as part of the AFL-CIO’s labor-to-labor election program during the 2012 and 2014 cycles. In 2015, he assisted in developing and executing NALC’s first-ever network activist training, where he coached nearly 200 letter carriers from across the country on how to get active—and stay active—on the legislative and political fronts. He is a graduate of Leadership Academy Class 18.

John Beaumont, Legislative and Political Organizer

Beaumont, a member of San Francisco Branch 214, has served as president of the California State Association of Letter Carriers. He has supported multiple campaigns, most recently serving as NALC’s lead for the 2016 get-out-the-vote efforts in Nevada, and he will continue to work with several Western states.

Brent Fjerestad, Legislative and Political Organizer

Fjerestad is a member of Sioux Falls, SD Branch 491. He has served his branch in a number of capacities, including vice president, trustee and shop steward. He was also president of the South Dakota State Association of Letter Carriers from 2009-2017. He works with states in the central part of the country.

Corey Miller, Legislative and Political Assistant

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Corey Miller worked for political consulting firms, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a film production company in Los Angeles before coming to NALC.

Charlie Martin, Legislative and Political Assistant

Brought into NALC’s Department of Legislative and Political Affairs in April 2017 to work as a legislative and political assistant, Charlie Martin previously worked on policy at the Wind Energy Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund and briefly for Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Born and raised in Los Angeles, Martin graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, before moving to Seattle and eventually settling in Washington, DC.

State association presidents

Alabama: Antonia Shields
Alaska: Chris Crutchfield
Arizona: Jeff Clark
Arkansas: Barry Bode
California: Harold Kelso
Colorado: Doug Jaynes
Connecticut: Anthony DeMatteo
Delaware: Alfonso Castagno
Florida: Al Friedman
Georgia: Don Griggs
Hawaii: Michelle Luke
Idaho: John Paige
Illinois: John Cooksey
Indiana: John Triplett
Iowa: Herb Copley
Kansas: Andy Tuttle
Kentucky: Bob McNulty
Louisiana: Troy Scott
Maine: Jon Brackett
Maryland/DC: Alton Branson
Massachusetts: Van Heffernan
Michigan: Carl Blassingame
Minnesota: Ruben Perez
Mississippi: Lakeyshan Bryant
Missouri: Kevin Holmes
Montana: Julie Quilliam
Nebraska: Larrissa Parde
Nevada: Mickey Grizzle
New Hampshire: Terry Gesel
New Jersey: Richard O’Connell
New Mexico: Marco Gonzalez
New York: George Mangold
North Caroline: Craig Schadewalde
North Dakota: Terry Jones
Ohio: John Dyce
Oklahoma: David Miller
Oregon: Ricky Horton
Pennsylvania: Paul Rozzi
Rhode Island: Robert Falso
South Carolina: Michael Hamilton
South Dakota: Rick Engle
Tennessee: Laurie McLemore
Texas: Carlos Rodriguez
Utah: Phil Rodriquez
Vermont: Eric Spencer
Virginia: Thelma Hunt
Washington: Brian Wiggins
West Virginia: Joe Paden
Wisconsin: Scott Van Derven
Wyoming: Rene Eberhardt

Learn more about your congressional representatives

Click here to get contact information for your representatives in the House and Senate, and to find out where they stand on NALC’s legislative priorities.


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