Leadership Biographies (Region 1)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced the appointment of Christopher Averill to serve as the Regional Administrator of GSA’s New England Region, effective February 4, 2019.
As the New England Regional Administrator, Averill will oversee all of GSA’s operations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; including management of federal real estate and information technology. He will also be responsible for an inventory of 422 government-owned or leased buildings and 332 employees.
"I'm very pleased to welcome Chris to the GSA leadership team in the New England Region,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. "His experience in public service and the private sector will be invaluable as we further pursue our mission of delivering value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and mission-support services across government.”
Since August 2017, Averill has served in GSA’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. He also spent seven years on Capitol Hill, having held the communications director position for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, and Congressman Sam Graves, as well as serving on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In between his work in the public sector, Averill worked for The New England Council, as its director of federal affairs.
Averill received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
The mission of GSA is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and other mission-support services across government.
Regional Commissioner - Public Buildings Service
Glenn C. Rotondo
A proven leader with experience in most all facets of GSA, Glenn Rotondo serves as the Regional Commissioner for the Public Buildings Service (PBS), the agency's office that owns and manages federal real property, including federal courthouses, office buildings and land ports of entry on the Canadian border. PBS presently has under management 110 owned and 312 leased facilities totaling over 11 million square feet of space housing more than 22 thousand federal employees. PBS is also responsible for the disposal of all excess federal real property in the northeastern United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Rotondo has been with GSA since 1987 and has held a number of senior leadership positions, including Acting Regional Administrator. He is the recipient of two Meritorious Service Awards, two Hammer Awards and the GSA Public Service Award. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Providence College and law degree from New New England School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Regional Commissioner - Federal Acquisition Service
Mr. Nickerson was named Acting Regional Commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service on March 1, 2014 and was appointed Regional Commissioner shortly thereafter. Prior to this appointment, Nickerson served as the Director of the Assisted Acquisition Services Division, FAS. His responsibilities included managing the FAS Acquisition Professionals that provide solutions to the Department of Defense and Civilians agencies with a combined total contract value of more than $2 billion under management. Joe also served as the Director of Leasing for the Public Buildings Service that provided support to more than 5 million square feet of Government Leased space in the New England Region. Joe holds Master Degrees in Business Administration and Finance from Suffolk University and an Undergraduate Degree in Management from the University of Massachusetts. He was a member of the GSA Advanced Leadership Development Class of 2004 and has earned a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and holds the Project Management Professional and Certified Commercial Investment Member designations.