Silvia Glover Becomes the 35th Postmaster, First African American Woman
NEWARK, NJ — Silvia Glover has been officially sworn-in to the highest-level Postmaster position in the state of New Jersey, with retail and delivery oversight of the city of Newark.
At a June 2 ceremony at 2 Federal Square, Postmaster Glover became responsible for overseeing more than 500 postal employees working at 12 stations and branches serving an estimated population just under 300,000 people. The Newark Post Office provides delivery service to more than 158,000 locations through 223 city and rural delivery routes.
“Through hard work, dedication, and prayer, I’ve been able to join the amazing leadership team in New Jersey. I am honored and proud to represent women as Postmaster of Newark,” Glover said.
Glover began her postal career 29 years ago as a City Letter Carrier in New York, NY. She has held numerous leadership positions of increasing responsibility including Customer Service Supervisor in Brooklyn, Manager, Customer Services in Staten Island and Customer Service Operations Manager in Newark.
A proud member of Faith Community Church and avid marathon runner, Glover is currently enrolled in the exclusive USPS Managerial Leadership Program. Glover also graduated from the immersive Processing Distribution Management and the Management Essentials for Field Leadership program.
Glover has been the acting Newark Postmaster since 2020 and has already made positive changes for the community. She's hired over 100 new letter carriers over the last two years and has focused on service performance metrics around Priority and First-Class mail.
“I am committed to excellence and service here in Newark. As Postmaster, I will achieve that by implementing the Postal Service’s Delivering for America 10-year plan,” Glover added.
The first known African American woman to serve as Postmaster was Anna M. Dumas, appointed Postmaster of Covington, Louisiana in 1872. In 2020, 7,610 of the nation's 13,617 Postmasters were women, representing more than 55 percent. In 2022, global majorities accounted for 52% of the Postal Service workforce.
The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.