Mayor Chris Coleman announced today that he has appointed Kristin Beckmann as the new Saint Paul Deputy Mayor. Beckmann succeeds Paul Williams, who left April 11 to serve as Executive Director at Project for Pride in Living. Beckmann, the current Vice President of Programs and Services at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, will assume her duties as Deputy Mayor on May 19.
“Steady management is crucial in the Deputy Mayor role, and I am confident Kristin will continue the strong leadership of former Deputy Mayors Paul Williams and Ann Mulholland,” Mayor Coleman said. “Kristin’s extensive experience in helping to reduce disparities in our community is central to our mission of creating equal opportunity for all in Saint Paul, and I am thrilled to appoint a Deputy Mayor who will wake up every morning thinking about closing the achievement gap—as well as filling the pot holes.”
“Mayor Coleman has laid out a vision of Saint Paul that I am passionate about," Beckmann said. "I am tremendously excited to work with him, city department directors and leaders in the wider community to drive at the goal of building a more equitable city. At Twin Cities Habitat, I am focused on closing the gap between white and non-white homeownership. As Deputy Mayor, I am grateful that I will be able to work at an even larger scale to impact disparities and be a part of moving Saint Paul towards being the Most Livable City - for everyone.”
Beckmann will bring extensive background in public and nonprofit management to the city. In addition to her five years at Habitat for Humanity, Beckmann served as Executive Director of the MN State Council of the Service Employees International Union, worked at the Minnesota Department of Health and the Office of the State Auditor, was Co-Director of Mayor Betsy Hodges’ transition, and has a background in campaign work.
“Kristin’s history of strong leadership makes her a great choice for this role. We at the Chamber are excited to work with Kristin at the city,” Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Matt Kramer said.
“The city’s department directors look forward to working with Kristin as we strive to strengthen Saint Paul,” Ricardo Cervantes, Director of Saint Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections, said.
Both Kramer and Cervantes were a part of a panel that assisted the mayor with interviewing candidates.
Beckmann, a Saint Paul resident, also holds leadership positions on several community boards, including Minnesota Housing Partnership, Project 515, Minnesotans United for All Families, Habitat for Humanity Minnesota, and Women Winning. Beckmann earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota.