Mary Ruwwe, FAS Regional Commissioner

Mary Ruwwe serves as regional commissioner of the Heartland's Federal Acquisition Service -- overseeing FAS activities based in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. She leads a workforce of 260 employees responsible for delivering comprehensive products and services across government at the best value possible.

As regional commissioner, Ruwwe oversees GSA’s Facilities and Tools business category and the government-wide Facilities and Construction category. GSA’s Facilities and Tools business category provides services that include facilities maintenance, repair and operations, tools and hardware, and energy saving solutions worth more than $1 billion annually. The government-wide Facilities and Construction category encompasses $75 billion worth of construction-related materials and services. Facilities and construction is the largest of 10 government “super categories” of commonly purchased items identified by the White House’s Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council.

The FAS Heartland Region is also home to GSA's Small Business Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) center, one of two domestic GSA Fleet Accident Management Centers, and GSA's National Customer Service Center.

Prior to being named the FAS regional commissioner, Ruwwe served as regional commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service. In this role she oversaw a real estate portfolio that generated $326 million in annual revenue. In total, she has more than 20 years of facilities management and government leadership experience, all with GSA.

In her time as GSA senior executive, Ruwwe has been responsible for all planning and operations in the region covering 20 million square feet of real estate portfolio with a $100 million capital program, $40 million reimbursable services program, and $110 million operating budget. Projects completed under her supervision include new courthouses in Jefferson City, Mo.; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- along with major renovations of the Zorinsky Federal Building in Omaha, Neb.; the Neal Smith Federal Building in Des Moines, Iowa; and the Richard Bolling Federal Building in Kansas City, Mo. She also oversaw the completion of two of the largest leases in GSA’s history -- a consolidated IRS processing center and a National Nuclear Security Administration manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo.

Ruwwe is focused on improving workforce performance and advancing a business culture where employees have the knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve professional and organizational success. While in PBS, she dramatically improved associate engagement -- achieving the highest scores in the nation by advancing a regional culture where associates feel valued, have the knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve professional and organizational success, and promoting continuous improvement of business processes.

Ruwwe has two bachelor's degrees in science - business administration and secondary education - from Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. She also holds a master's degree in business administration from Webster University in Kansas City, Missouri. 

In her free time, Ruwwe enjoys bicycling, water skiing, and spending time with family and friends at Big Lake State Park in Missouri.

Last Reviewed 2016-07-21