Ruth F. Cox - Regional Administrator, Pacific Rim Region
Ms. Ruth F. Cox was sworn-in as the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) ninth Pacific Rim Regional Administrator on August 1, 2011 and was recently appointed at GSA’s Senior Sustainability Officer and Senior Official for Executive Order 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management".
In her role as chief executive of the Region, Ms. Cox heads a workforce of nearly 1,000 associates across California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, as well as in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. territories of Guam and Saipan. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, GSA’s Pacific Rim Region has an annual operating budget of almost $1 billion. Its 36 million square foot real estate portfolio, which houses over 100,000 federal employees and GSA associates, includes 178 government-owned buildings and leased space in 947 commercial buildings. Additionally, her responsibility includes the supply of goods, services, telecommunications and information technology to all federal agencies within her region with a value of more than $1billion annually.
As the Senior Sustainability Officer, Ms. Cox is responsible for ensuring the President’s sustainability policies are firmly and consistently manifest in day-to-day operations across GSA, and in particular those of the Public Building Service and the Federal Acquisition Service. This includes programs for energy and water efficiency, clean power generation, lowering fossil fuel consumption in the GSA fleet, greening the supply chain, diverting waste and transforming Federal workspaces to shrink the Federal footprint. These efforts mitigate climate change by lowering green house gas emissions, and create jobs in the sustainability market sector for American engineered, American manufactured and domestically fueled products and locally delivered services. She leads GSA’s Strategic Sustainability Advisory Group, working closely with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget on the agency’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan and annual Sustainability Score Card, and to support our customer agencies in meeting their sustainability goals.
Ms. Cox is a seasoned high technology marketing executive whose business career was marked by her ability to successfully introduce new technologies and build high growth businesses. As a pioneer in the convergence of computing and communications, she helped to revolutionize the way services were delivered over public networks, laying the foundation for the emergence of the Internet as the primary mode of communication in the new millennium.
Ms.Cox lived in Europe for five years and traveled extensively throughout the world, opening new markets, building distribution channels and managing sales and marketing operations. At Hewlett Packard and Tandem Computers, she launched two of the industry’s most successful International telecommunications marketing campaigns, doubling revenues and number of new customers year over year, building a base for sustained long-term growth.
As the vice president of strategy for the Dutch telecommunications company, KPN, Ms. Cox helped reengineer the company’s network and information technology systems to prepare KPN for a competitive market, managing programs valued at more than $160 million.
Ms. Cox subsequently worked on several progressive political campaigns, helping elect officials committed to building a clean energy economy. She served the Obama campaign in six states and worked for the Obama – Biden Presidential Transition Team’s Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Prior to coming to GSA, Ms. Cox was the President and Executive Director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), the industry’s premier trade association dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy systems. In this position, she led advocacy programs on Capitol Hill, at the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and other government agencies, and outreach programs to target markets and users of fuel cells and hydrogen energy.
Ms. Cox earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & Psychology from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.