Kristin Beckmann became Deputy Mayor of Saint Paul in May of 2014. Before joining the Coleman Administration, Kristin was the Vice President of Programs & Services at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for five years. At Habitat she managed the organization’s housing stabilization programs for low income families while overseeing community and government relations. As an affordable housing developer, Kristin gained great knowledge of Saint Paul – its community groups and the city government as they worked to revitalize neighborhoods hard hit by foreclosure and build homes where people can afford to live.
Kristin took two short-term leaves from Habitat – one to work on Governor-Elect Dayton’s Transition team in 2010 and the other to work on Mayor-Elect Hodges’s Transition team in 2013. In this capacity, Kristin assisted both the newly elected Minnesota Governor and the Mayor of Minneapolis to identify key leaders for their administrations.
Prior to working at Habitat, Kristin was the Executive Director of Service Employees International Union Minnesota State Council. At SEIU from 2002 to 2008 she ran the political and legislative programs for the union. As the PAC Director she managed large scale voter contact programs. As the head lobbyist, Kristin focused on issues healthcare and immigration reform, nursing home and public education funding, and issues facing low-wage workers.
Kristin attended the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs from 1998-2000 and received her MAPA in nonprofit and public organizational management. After finishing graduate school and before starting at SEIU, Kristin worked for a year each at the Minnesota Department of Health and the Office of the State Auditor on similar efforts around government and community relations.
Prior to graduate school, Kristin was a political fundraiser and worked as campaign staff or consultant from 1992-1998 for candidates including Paul Wellstone, Ann Wynia, Ember Reichgott-Junge, Sandy Pappas, Amy Klobuchar, and David Minge. Kristin received her bachelor’s degree with majors in Political Science and Communications from Macalester College in 1992.
In her spare time Kristin serves on the Boards of womenwinning, Minnesota United PAC, Minnesota Housing Partnership and the Family Housing Fund. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband Robert Richman and their two children. She is a member of Mt. Zion congregation.