Ruth F. Cox - Regional Administrator, Pacific Rim Region
Ruth F. Cox was sworn in as the U.S. General Services Administration’s ninth Pacific Rim regional administrator on August 1, 2011.
In her role as principal executive of the region, Cox heads a workforce of 826 associates across California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, as well as in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. territories of Guam and Saipan. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., GSA’s Pacific Rim Region has an annual operating budget nearly $1 billion. Its 35 million square foot real estate portfolio includes 191 government-owned buildings and leased space in 909 commercial buildings that house more than 100,000 federal employees and GSA associates. Additionally, Cox's responsibility includes the supply of goods, services, telecommunications and information technology to all federal agencies within her region.
Cox is a seasoned high-technology marketing executive whose business career was marked by her ability to introduce new technologies and build high-growth businesses. As a pioneer in the convergence of computing and communications, she helped to revolutionize the way services were delivered over public networks, laying the foundation for the emergence of the Internet as the primary mode of communication in the new millennium. Cox lived in Europe for five years and traveled extensively throughout the world, opening new markets, building distribution channels and managing sales and marketing operations. At Hewlett-Packard and Tandem Computers, she launched two of the industry’s most successful international telecommunications marketing campaigns, doubling revenues and new customers year over year and building a base for sustained long-term growth.
As the vice president of strategy for the Dutch telecommunications company KPN, Cox helped re-engineer the company’s network and information technology systems to prepare KPN for a competitive market, managing programs valued at more than $160 million.
Cox subsequently worked on several progressive political campaigns, helping elect officials committed to building a clean-energy economy. She served the Obama campaign in six states and worked for the Obama – Biden Presidential Transition Team’s Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Prior to coming to GSA, Cox was the president and executive director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, a trade association dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy systems. In this position, she led advocacy programs on Capitol Hill, at the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and other government agencies, and outreach programs to target markets and users of fuel cells and hydrogen energy.
Cox earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and psychology from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.