Edward M. Augustus Jr. has worked in public service for more than 30 years.
City Manager Augustus was appointed as the city manager of Worcester, Massachusetts in January 2014. As City Manager, he has focused on continuing Worcester's economic development renaissance, supporting education and youth and making city government inclusive for all residents of New England's second-largest city.
In just five years as City Manager, he has led a downtown resurgence effort through the development and implementation of a 20-year, $90 million Urban Revitalization Plan. He has also overseen more than $50 million in renovations and improvements to the City's 61 public parks. Under his leadership, the City of Worcester has received the highest bond rating in its history.
He successfully led an unprecedented effort to sign a Letter of Intent with the Pawtucket Red Sox in August 2018 to build a modern, multi-use ballpark as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the former Wyman Gordon property in the City's growing Canal District as well as a complete redesign of Kelley Square.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Augustus, a native of Worcester, served as Director of Government and Community Relations at the College of the Holy Cross.
His political career began at the age of 23 when he was appointed to the City of Worcester's Human Rights Commission. A few months later, he was elected to the Worcester School Committee, becoming the youngest person ever to hold elected office in Worcester. He served on the school committee for two terms, making it a point to visit each and every classroom in every school in the City every year of his tenure.
Continuing his interest in education, Mr. Augustus moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked in President Bill Clinton's United States Department of Education from 1992 to 1998. While in Washington, one of City Manager Augustus' major initiatives was working to close the educational achievement gaps in Latino communities.
Mr. Augustus also served as U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern's Chief of Staff in Washington from 1998 to 2004. In this role, Mr. Augustus was involved in a host of important Worcester projects and initiatives, including the first discussions about building Worcester's Hanover Theater, the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, Gateway Park, CitySquare and many more.
He served two terms in the Massachusetts State Senate, representing Worcester's 2nd District and helping to pass the landmark Massachusetts Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care and same sex marriage.
Mr. Augustus is a graduate of Saint John's High School in Shrewsbury, Suffolk University and Johns Hopkins University. He holds a master's degree in government.
Mr. Augustus grew up in Webster Square, where his mother lives to this day.
You may contact City Manager Augustus at City Hall by calling 508-799-1175 or via email CityManager@worcesterma.gov