| Dec 09, 2015
Transportation is a tough subject considering the latest news about the I-405 corridor. But when it comes to championing new and improved alternative transportation programs, none come close to the dedication and razor-sharp focus of Augusta DeVries. She is the Transportation Program Director for the Bellevue Downtown Association TransManage department. It’s time to put a face to the name of the woman who works countless hours behind the scenes improving the City of Bellevue one commuter at a time.
- What do you do for the BDA?
I have been with the Bellevue Downtown Association since May of 2013. My role at the BDA is managing the daily budget, staff and operations of TransManage, Bellevue’s local Transportation Management Association. I oversee our partner and client contracts, work plans, and lead the TransManage team on strategic direction. I currently sit on the PSRC TDM Steering Committee, and am a member of the National Association for Commuter Transportation and the Washington State Ridesharing Organization.
- What is your philosophy towards your work?
Work hard, play hard! I try to have fun with my coworkers; they are my daytime family.
- What book are you currently reading?
The Advantage, by Patrick M. Lencioni.
- What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Come on, who still uses an iPod? I’m on a Spotify pre-populated playlists kick. I choose my music based on how much I like the image they develop for the playlist.
- If you could have dinner with someone from history, who would it be?
Amelia Earhart or Martin Luther. Someone that courageous would definitely inspire me to leave a positive impact on this world and to think for myself, questioning the limits and laws set by the men and women that came before me.
- What did you do before your time at the BDA?
I was a city planner for a small town in Colorado.
- Who inspired you in your life and why?
I’ve had a number of close friends in my life that have inspired me to just be better. Be more kind, be more thoughtful, be more helpful and to put others first. Coming across these people in my short time on this earth has given me a higher standard for myself.
- Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
- What’s your favorite quote?
Being a planner by trade, I sometimes have to remind myself to enjoy the day-to-day little moments. For that reason this quote has always resonated with me (whether I act on it or not!) Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon
- Name something that ranks towards the top of your bucket list?
Family, Family. And more family.
- What do you hope for the BDA?
I hope we continue to become a magnet for great ideas and innovative people. If we continue to have those key players at the table, I hope we can harness that momentum and enthusiasm for making downtown Bellevue a great place to be, become even more responsive to our members and the market and continue to thrive as an organization.