Edward M. Augustus, Jr.
Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities

Edward M. Augustus, Jr. is the Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities. A native of Worcester. He is a graduate of St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Suffolk University, and holds a master’s degree from John Hopkins University. Mr. Augustus has worked in public service for more than thirty years. His career began at the age of twenty-three 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. After serving two terms on the School Committee, he moved to Washington, DC where he worked in President Clinton’s United States Department of Education from 1992-1998. From 1998-2004 he served as U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern’s Chief of Staff in Washington, DC. He has also served two terms in the Massachusetts State Senate, representing Worcester’s 2 nd District. Mr. Augustus then became Director of Government and Community Relations at the College of the Holy Cross. He was appointed City Manager of Worcester in January 2014 and served until early 2022. During his tenure, Mr. Augustus focused on continuing Worcester ‘s economic development, supporting education and youth and making city government inclusive for all residents of New England’s second-largest city.