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NALC’s Department of Legislative and Political Affairs:

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

Kori Blalock Keller, Chief of Staff

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. She became chief of staff in December 2022.

Brent Fjerestad, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative & Political Organizing 

Fjerestad is a member of Branch 491, Sioux Falls, SD and began working as a PTF letter carrier career in January 1999. He got involved as a steward in 2001, and was also involved in his branch as vice president, HBR and trustee. Brent also worked for Region 7 as a regional organizer, regional food drive coordinator, as well as a district safety lead and Carrier Academy facilitator. Brent served in the South Dakota Air National Guard and graduated from Leadership Academy in 2010, a member of Class 10. He served as president of the South Dakota State Association of Letter Carriers from 2009-2017, until his appointment to legislative and political organizer in 2017, which covered Regions 3, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11. He served in that capacity until he was appointed as special assistant to the president for legislative and political organizing by President Renfroe in December 2022.

John Beaumont, Legislative and Political Organizer, Regions 1, 2 & 4 (AZ, CO, WY)

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.

Matt Tanner, Legislative and Political Organizer, Regions 3, 4 (AR & OK), 6 & 8

Tanner, a member of Lansing, MI Branch 122, has served his branch as an alternate steward, steward, food drive coordinator, secretary, vice president and president. He graduated from the Leadership Academy in 2014.

Anthoney Mitchell, Legislative and Political Organizer, Regions 5, 7 & 10

Mitchell served Independence, MO Branch 827 as a steward, e-Activist coordinator, sergeant-at-arms, and president before transferring to Kansas City, MO Branch 30 in 2012. He has held several positions with the Missouri State Association of Letter Carriers and served as an LPO assistant and community service assistant at NALC Headquarters. 

Eileen Ford, Legislative and Political Organizer, Regions 9 & 13

Ford is a member of Roswell, GA Branch 4862. She began working as a PTF in Roswell in 1996. After serving as a trustee, branch secretary, treasurer, steward and vice president for her branch, she took office as branch president in 2015. She has also served the union as a letter carrier congressional liaison (LCCL), city carrier assistant (CCA) organizer, local business agent, route adjustment district lead, Georgia state food drive coordinator and state executive board member. Ford graduated from the Leadership Academy in 2014.

Marc T. Ashmon, Legislative and Political Organizer, 11, 12, 14 & 15

A second-generation postal worker, Ashmon began working as a letter carrier in Linden, NJ, as a part-time flexible (PTF) in 1995 and joined Linden Branch 2876. He was elected branch trustee in 1999, branch vice president in 2003 and branch president in 2011, a position he held until his appointment as LPO. Ashmon graduated from the Leadership Academy in 2013. He also has served NALC in other ways, including on the route evaluation and adjustment team and as New Jersey state food drive coordinator.


State association presidents

Alabama (Region 8): Antonia Shields
Alaska (Region 2): Christopher Crutchfield
Arizona (Region 4): Tim Fisher
Arkansas (Region 4): Barry Bode
California (Region 1): Harold Kelso
Colorado (Region 4): Richard (Rick) Byrne
Connecticut (Region 14): Anthony DeMatteo, Jr.
Delaware (Region 13): Bob Wilkerson
Florida (Region 9): Albert Friedman
Georgia (Region 9): Don Griggs
Hawaii (Region 1): Alvin Matsumura
Idaho (Region 2): Matthew Parkin
Illinois (Region 3): Louis Rivas Jr. 
Indiana (Region 6): Yatzie Roysden
Iowa (Region 5): Herb Copley
Kansas (Region 5): Blake Rockers
Kentucky (Region 6): Bob McNulty
Louisiana (Region 8): Troy Scott
Maine (Region 14): Mark Seitz
Maryland/DC (Region 13)Doreen Carter
Massachusetts (Region 14): Scott Doughty
Michigan (Region 6): Carl Blassingame
Minnesota (Region 7): Perry Schmidt
Mississippi (Region 8): Keisha Bryant
Missouri (Region 5): Patrick Flora
Montana (Region 2): Randy Gremaux
Nebraska (Region 5): Brian Greunke
Nevada (Region 1): Mickey Grizzle
New Hampshire (Region 14): Tim Roberts
New Jersey (Region 15/12): Richard O’Connell, Jr. 
New Mexico (Region 10): Ramon Rivera
New York (Region 15/11): George Mangold
North Carolina (Region 9): Tim Rorie
North Dakota (Region 7): Corey Carter
Ohio (Region 11): Jeff Kranz
Oklahoma (Region 4): John Wofford
Oregon (Region 2): Abe Redcloud
Pennsylvania (Region 12): Paul Rozzi
Rhode Island (Region 14): Evan Cohen
South Carolina (Region 9): Wayne Harlow
South Dakota (Region 7): Casey Davis
Tennessee (Region 8): Anthony (Geno) Lauderdale
Texas (Region 10): Carlos Rodriguez
Utah (Region 2): Phil Rodriquez
Vermont (Region 14): Tim Carpenter
Virginia (Region 13): Jeanine Gaspar
Washington (Region 2): Brian Wiggins
West Virginia (Region 13): Joe Paden
Wisconsin (Region 7): Dawn Ahnen
Wyoming (Region 4): Rene Eberhardt

Learn more about your congressional representatives

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