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Ann Kalayil Named Regional Administrator of GSA Great Lakes Region

GSA # 10698

December 8, 2010
Contact: Sara Merriam, (202) 525-8165
sara.merriam@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration today announced the appointment of Ann Kalayil to serve as the Regional Administrator of GSA’s Great Lakes Region, effective January 2011.

As the Great Lakes Regional Administrator, Kalayil will oversee GSA operations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, including federal real estate and information technology. She will be responsible for an inventory of more than 128 federal buildings, 986 leased locations and 11 border station facilities serving entry points from Canada. GSA employs 956 people in the Great Lakes Region.

"Ann Kalayil will be a tremendous addition to the GSA leadership team as we work to create a more sustainable, more efficient, more cost-effective, more open, and more responsible government for the American people," said Martha N. Johnson, Administrator of General Services. "Ann’s ability to collaborate with a wide range of public and private interests, as well as her expertise in information technology, will prove invaluable to the GSA as we pursue our efforts in the Great Lakes Region."

Kalayil has worked in information technology for more than 18 years, overseeing the implementation of IT infrastructure, devices, and technology programs for all facilities and renovations at the University of Chicago. She was instrumental in the service delivery and support to all university and medical center clients. Kalayil led major campuswide technology initiatives and large-scale physical infrastructure upgrades, including an improved customer strategy for IT services. 

Kalayil has been and continues to be a leader in several Chicago community organizations focusing on grass-roots politics, immigrant integration advocacy, and public policy. Kalayil has served on the Governor’s Immigrant Policy Council and the Illinois Hate Crimes Commission, and has been appointed to transition teams for various local government positions. She is the founder and co-director of the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (2001).

Kalayil comes from the University of Chicago, where she served as a consultant for Emerging Technologies and Communications within IT Services. She received a Doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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• Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 210,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;
• Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;
• Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement; and,
• Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of governmentwide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.