Former Santa Monica Mayor and Councilwoman Ruth Goldway has been designated by President Barack Obama as commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), succeeding Dan G. Blair.

Goldway, who is serving her third term as PRC commissioner, has previously worked as director of public affairs at California State University-Los Angeles, in addition to her elected positions in Santa Monica.

“I am honored to be chairman of the commission at a time of great challenge and uncertainty for the nation’s mail system,” said Goldway. “I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to help steward the Postal Service through these turbulent times and to preserve an equitable, affordable universal mail system for the citizens, businesses and institutions across this country that depend upon it.”

Goldway was first nominated to the commission in April 1998 by President Bill Clinton and her current term extends through November 22nd, 2014. She has represented the commission on the State Department delegation to the Universal Postal Union.

Goldway earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan, and received a master of arts in English literature from Wayne State University. She is a founding member and serves as co-chair of Women in Logistics and Delivery Services, and is on the board of Tree People and New Visions Foundation. Her family resides in Venice.

“I am determined to establish and strengthen cooperative relationships with ordinary citizens, household customers and all stakeholders in the postal community to assure a vibrant and effective Postal Service in the years to come,” Goldway said.