White House Blog Features GSA Regional Administrator Denise Pease
By Renee Miscione
General Services Administration
NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2011 – Regional Administrator Denise L. Pease of GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region is featured on the White House website in a special blog series Celebrating Black History Month.
This special blog highlights the contributions of African-Americans who are helping to achieve President Barack Obama’s goal for America’s future success. Pease discusses her background and experiences, and the extraordinary challenges she has faced in her personal life.
Obama appointed Pease in September 2010 to serve as the GSA administrator for the region that encompasses New York, Northern New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Pease is a nationally recognized voice on consumer education, community development, and the financial industry. She began her career as a community organizer in New York and ultimately forged a career in the financial industry, serving as assistant comptroller of commercial banking for the New York comptroller, and before that as deputy superintendent of banks for New York state.
In 1995, Pease was in a car accident that caused severe trauma to her brain, and she was later diagnosed with epilepsy. After a five-year struggle to diagnose and recover from the effects of the accident, Pease became a national advocate and champion for people with disabilities. She serves on the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of America and is the founding chairwoman of its African-American Initiative.
As a regional administrator, Pease oversees the federal government’s real estate portfolio, procurement of goods and services, and information technology for GSA's Northeast and Caribbean Region. The region has about 700 employees, an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion, and a real estate portfolio that includes 541 government-owned buildings and leased locations.
The region is also managing a number of major projects, including the expansion of several border stations between the U.S. and Canada; the construction of a federal courthouse in Buffalo, N.Y.; and the return of federal tenants to the World Trade Center site.