Joanna Rosato Honored with Presidential Rank Award

Joanna Rosato, Acting Deputy Commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service (PBS), was honored with a Presidential Rank Award in 2016.  The prestigious Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award honors career Senior Executive Service employees for their "exceptional performance over an extended period of time."  She is one of only 138 senior executives across government -- the best of the best -- to be recognized in 2016.

Joanna is currently serving in her Acting position in Washington, DC, but you may know her better in her permanent role as our Mid-Atlantic PBS Regional Commissioner.  Though her GSA career has taken her to a variety of places and positions in the agency, Joanna began her tenure in Philadelphia as a Buildings Management Specialist co-op, and upon graduation from Temple University, she entered the career intern development program.

Prior to her position as Regional Commissioner in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Joanna was the Regional Commissioner in the Northeast and Caribbean Region.  Serving from 2011 until 2015, she faced the Northeast and Caribbean Region’s challenges, including the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the rebuilding of One World Trade Center, with characteristic skill, determination and assurance.

Joanna has contributed to many GSA national program and project teams with a focus on both property management and project management.  Joanna participated in the national GSA Global Project Management effort to establish project management practices on all PBS transactions.  Joanna is respected as a leader in project management and has been called upon to speak in every GSA Region about the value of the project management discipline.

She considers a highlight of her career to be her assignment as the Space and Facilities Team Lead for the 2008-2009 Presidential Transition.  The team provided workspace facilities, telecommunications, human resource and administrative assistance for the President-elect during his transition to the White House.

As Joanna’s Presidential Rank Award nomination narrative states, "Joanna reflects the true spirit and intent of the Senior Executive Service, where her focus has gone far beyond the geographic boundaries of her position as Regional Commissioner to support the larger objectives of the Public Buildings Service...Joanna is always willing to go the extra mile in order to support our federal tenants and protect the interests of the taxpayer."  

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Last Reviewed 2017-05-10