Denise L. Pease - Regional Administrator, Northeast and Caribbean Region
Denise L. Pease was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as regional administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Northeast and Caribbean Region, effective September 13, 2010.
As Regional Administrator, Pease oversees the federal government’s real estate portfolio, procurement of goods and services, and information technology for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region has about 675 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $649 million. The region has a real estate portfolio that includes 62 government-owned buildings and leased space in 415 commercial buildings and is managing approximately $136 million in current construction activity. Real estate revenues supporting building operations and lease costs are $865 million. The region also manages a fleet of 12,300 vehicles, including 7,122 alternative fuel vehicles.
Since she assumed its leadership the region has successfully completed a number of major projects including the renovation of the historic Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, the construction of the new Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse in Buffalo, New York, and the lease for federal tenants at One World Trade Center in New York City. In addition, she is proud that the Northeast and Caribbean GSA team contributed substantially to federal reconstitution efforts following Superstorm Sandy, which severely impacted a broad area of the region.
Pease serves on the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico. She has also been instrumental in successfully opening access for state and local governments within her region to use a special GSA program which aids them in the procurement of equipment to support counterdrug, homeland security and emergency response activities. She has also worked on initiatives to help women-owned, disadvantaged businesses and others succeed in government contracting. In 2014 The Network Journal named Pease one of the 25 most influential black women in business.
Prior to joining GSA, Pease served as the assistant comptroller of commercial banking in the Office of the New York Comptroller. In addition she represented the comptroller on the New York City Banking Commission. Pease is also a former deputy superintendent of banks for New York State, in charge of the Consumer Services Division.
Pease suffered a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident in 1995 and underwent over five years of extensive therapy. Pease realizes she is not alone in living with a disability. To this end, she has worked with a number of organizations that advocate for people with disabilities. She is on the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of America and is chairwoman of its African American Initiative.
Pease is an alumna of Columbia University School of General Studies and holds a Bachelor of Arts in American history and biology. She was also a Charles H. Revson fellow at Columbia and a National Urban fellow at the Bernard M. Baruch Graduate School of Public Administration, and has studied executive management at the European Institute of Business Administration, Paris.