Mount Vernon, New York

He is a manager and a community leader. He works with children, at-risk youth, and senior citizens. He also collects toys for needy children, encourages educational excellence, and is an outspoken advocate for equal opportunity for all citizens. After 35 years with the U.S. Postal Service, Frank Figueroa, Postmaster of Mount Vernon, New York, is celebrated as a model mentor, a man who has been an agent for change to an entire community for three decades. He began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1967 as a clerk/carrier at Gracie Station and over the years has worked as a customer service representative, Hispanic program specialist, management trainee, and tour superintendent of postal operations. He also served as a manager of station branches, customer service operations, and operations programs support.

Throughout his career, Frank has been a spokesman for change and opportunity among the régions' young people. As Postmaster and an active member of Mount Vernon's Chamber of Commerce, he inaugurated “Operation Smile,” a citywide collection drive that culminated in the delivery of toys to needy tots throughout the city, personally delivered by U.S. Postal carriers.

Children also benefit from the Postmaster's Cultural Arts Summer Travel Youth Program, which includes field trips to the Post Office. He works with older youth through the Advisory/ Planning Committee of the Hostos Community College Liberty Partnership Program where he works with at risk students tutoring them for Regents exams and the SAT. He even hires students for part time work that sometimes leads to postal service careers.

À long-time advocate for multi-cultural awareness, Frank established the Hispanic Program in the Westchester District of the Postal Service, offering career development, community out reach, and employee retention. Frank was also an advocate for the establishment of numerous small business ventures by Hispanic business leaders, leading to special recognition for the Postal Service by Westchester's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

A man who consistently acknowledges those who mentored him, Frank has been a mentor to many, both in the community and in the U.S. Postal Service.

In addition to receiving his B.S. in 1982, Frank earned his M.S. with distinction from Mercy in 2000.