The TAC Legislative Department, which helps county officials connect with and provide important information to state officials in Austin and federal officials in Washington, D.C., has the steadfast support of Operations Manager Amy Ruedas.
TAC Legislative Director Noe Barrios said that she is a joy to work with and that he appreciates her skills and her focus on serving others. “It is amazing how she always puts the needs of her team first. She fosters a family atmosphere and is dedicated to making sure the needs of each team member are addressed as she supports each of us,” Barrios said. “She is highly skilled at keeping everyone on the team engaged professionally, and her attention to detail keeps our team running with precision.”
Before stepping into this role in 2016, Ruedas worked at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in West Lake Hills as director of organization and communication. She shared more about herself and why she enjoys working at TAC.
Where are you from? Are you a Texas native?
I am a native Austinite. My oldest son and I attended Metz Elementary in East Austin, the same elementary school that my mom attended. My husband (TAC Print Services Supervisor Dirk Ruedas) and I met at Johnston High School in East Austin. I attended St. Edward’s University’s New College in central South Austin, where I received a B.A. in human services and an M.A.T. in organization development and training.
As Operations Manager for the Legislative Department what are you responsible for?
As Legislative Operations Manager, I assist our Legislative Director to achieve goals set by our TAC Board and executive team. I support the legislative team on many levels, but some include managing administrative tasks for the Legislative Department, including development of the departmental budget and coordinating session events such as County Government Day, Counties at the Capitol Legislative Day, Tuesday Morning Breakfasts and legislative receptions. I assist the legislative team in their efforts of supporting association members in any administrative, technical or communication needs.
In a nutshell, how does your department serve TAC members?
The Legislative Department’s main functions are to monitor legislation and other activities that impact county government, to work with legislators and county officials to resolve issues that arise and to provide support to the affiliate county official associations in achieving their legislative goals.
What do you most enjoy about your job and working at TAC?
Supporting and working with my team is what I enjoy most about working at TAC. We have grown together through good times and challenging times, and I feel we are like family. Our group has many different personalities, opinions and strengths, but at the end of the day we support and care for each other, which extends to the work we do for TAC.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Dirk and I and our son Nicodemus, 16, enjoy spending our free time traveling the state on weekends to attend Nico’s baseball games. He plays for his high school club team. Our son Lorenzo, 26, recently married in January. I also enjoy helping a local nonprofit, Foundation Communities, during the tax season to help underserved families prepare and file their taxes. I also spend free time during the election season helping out with Hays County elections as an election poll worker.
What’s something surprising that people might not know about you?
People may not know that I once worked at the city of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department. I led a girls rock-climbing group. We spent school holidays and summers rockclimbing around Central Texas. I no longer climb but love taking long hikes.