Dr. Kalayil comes to Cook County with a long and successful background in facilities and real estate management, staff supervision, strategic planning and budgeting. Most recently, Ann served as Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region. As the agency’s regional chief executive, she headed operations that supported federal agencies and the U.S. Courts in six states. Headquartered in Chicago, the Region has a workforce of more than 820 employees, an annual operating budget of approximately $250 million, a building inventory of 35.3 million square feet, and an estimated $4.07 billion in business volume. Ann's appointment in 2011 was historic as she was the first woman and first Asian American to serve in this role for the region.
Prior to her position at the GSA, Ann worked for more than 18 years at the University of Chicago in Information Technology Services. She has taught courses at DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northeastern Illinois University, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ann serves on the Board at Presence St. Francis Hospital and the Illinois Community College Board. She is a founding-member and Secretary of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership and President of the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute. Ann is on the Advisory Board of the New Leadership Council and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.
The Bureau of Asset Management provides clean, safe, secure, sustainable and accessible facilities through routine maintenance programs, capital construction projects and efficient use of real estate assets. We service all Cook County departments and elected officials, in order that they may serve the public and perform their duties in an environment that fosters efficient, convenient and cost-effective delivery of public services.
Departments within the Bureau
Capital Planning & Policy
Real Estate Management
Cook County Hospital Central Campus Redevelopment
Cook County Conserves
National Rebuilding Day
President Preckwinkle meets with volunteers after renovating two homes in Robbins, Illinois.
For the past twenty-six years, County employees have participated in National Rebuilding Day. The non-profit Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago partners annually with the County to improve the homes of elderly, disabled or low-income residents who are selected following a vetting process. Through the work of volunteers and skilled tradesmen, the homes are made safe, warm, dry and accessible for the residents. This past year, employees from our Bureau and umbrella departments worked to rehabilitate two homes in Robbins, Illinois. Improvements to the homes included making them ADA accessible, patching and painting, updating bathrooms and kitchens, landscaping and performing needed repairs to vital systems such as plumbing and electrical.