Ruth Goldway is an experienced regulatory and public affairs professional with expertise in citizen participation, consumer issues, urban planning issues, education, and the arts, as well as the mailing industry.
Appointed commissioner of the United States Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) by President George W. Bush in 2008 to serve a third term ending in November 2014, Ms. Goldway was the first appointed by President Clinton in April, 1998, to the predecessor agency, the Postal Rate Commission. The Postal Regulatory Commission oversees the performance and accountability of the U.S. Postal Service, the world’s largest post and the third largest civilian employer in the United States.
Ms. Goldway has written on a variety of postal matters such as “Vote by Mail” for the national newspapers and submitted congressional testimony. She has represented the Commission on the State Department delegation to the Universal Postal Union. Her advocacy and leadership were instrumental in the Postal Service’s adoption of the “Forever Stamp” in March 2007.
A founding member and co-chair of a networking and mentoring organization, Women in Logistics and Delivery Services (WILDS), Ms. Goldway has lectured on the role of women in government, Finnish culture and society, urban planning, and consumerism at universities and professional associations throughout the world.
A successful advocate on behalf of consumer, women’s, and urban issues, Ms. Goldway was Assistant to the Director of California’s Department of Consumer Affairs during the 1970s. She was elected council member and mayor of the city of Santa Monica from 1979 to 1983. She helped to found California’s system of statewide farmers’ markets and expanded citizen representation on state regulatory boards. She served as Founder and Chairperson of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation from 1983 to 1994.
Ms. Goldway served as Director of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, one of the nation’s most racially and ethnically diverse campuses. From 1991 to 1994 she served as Manager of Public Affairs for the Getty Trust, the largest arts and education foundation in the U.S.
In Finland, from 1994 to 1997, as the then-spouse of the U.S. Ambassador, she authored several articles that appeared in the Finnish magazine Gloria, organized seminars on women’s issues, and assisted in the promotion of American products and services. Her memoirs of her experiences abroad, Letters from Finland, were translated and published in Finland by Otava Oy in November, 1998.
Born in New York City, Ms. Goldway attended the Bronx High School of Science, earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and received an M.A. in English Literature from Wayne State University. She is on the board of Tree People, Coalition for Engaged Education, and the Center for Sustainable Cities at USC. Her recreational activities include biking, cooking, reading, and travel. Her family resides in Venice, California.