Alan C. Kessler, Chairman of the Board of Governors, is a Philadelphia attorney and partner in the firm of WolfBlock LLP. He has substantial experience in the defense of class-action litigation, including securities, antitrust, toxic tort and civil rights cases.
Governor Kessler was appointed a Governor of the U.S. Postal Service in November 2000 for a term that expires in December 2008. He was Vice Chairman from January 2005 to January 2008.
His public service activities have included serving as a member of the Presidential Transition Team in 1992-93 and as a Presidential appointment as Vice Chair of the Presidential/Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management (1994-98). He served as a finance Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He was a member of the Electoral College, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2000. On a regional level, he was a township commissioner for Lower Merion Township from 1988 through 1999; a member of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission; and member of the Executive Committee of Philadelphia 2000. Governor Kessler is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, and of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, where he also serves as a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Governor Kessler to serve as Chairman of the Supreme Court's Continuing Legal Education Board.
Governor Kessler received a bachelor's degree, with honors, in business administration from the University of Delaware, and his juris doctorate, with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law. Married for 32 years to Gail Strauss Kessler, the Governor and his wife have three children, Stacy, Mark and Dan.more » « less