Small Business Roundtable

U.S. General Services Administration &

28 Ward Alderman Jason Ervin   


Ann P. Kalayil

Regional Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration


October 16, 2012 • 10AM

Pan American Bank - Community Room 

2627 West Cermak

Chicago, IL 60608


Ann Kalayil was named Regional Administrator of the General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region in January 2011.  As the agency’s regional chief executive, Kalayil heads operations that provide Federal agencies and the U.S. Courts in six states with support in vital areas such as real estate services, procurements, information technology, supplies, equipment, and vehicles.  Headquartered in Chicago, the Region has a workforce of 956 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $450 million.  

Prior to this appointment, Ann worked for more than 18 years at the University of Chicago in Information Technology Services, where she worked in Emerging Technologies and Communications but previously was Director of Client Services and Support.  Ann has taught interdisciplinary courses on Asian Americans at DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ann received her Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is very active in many community and civic activities dealing with education policy, campaign finance reform, immigration reform, and documenting Asian American history.  A Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, Ann has also served on several government task forces and has participated in many panel discussions on the above issues. She is also co-Director of the South Asian American Policy & Research Institute and a member of many community based organizations.  Ann's appointment is historic as she is the first woman to serve as Regional Administrator of the General Services Administration in the Great Lakes Region.