January 26, 2021

Kilmer Names Yuri Beckelman as New Staff Director of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Select Committee”), today announced the appointment of Yuri Beckelman to serve as the new Staff Director of the Select Committee.

A veteran congressional staffer with more than 15 years of policy and management experience on Capitol Hill, Mr. Beckelman most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) and as Senior Advisor to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

In that role, Mr. Beckelman managed Rep. Takano’s successful bid to become the Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and has since helped the Chairman draft and set a successful legislative agenda for the Committee that focused on veteran suicide prevention and increasing equity in access to VA healthcare.

In his time on Capitol Hill, Mr. Beckelman organized and ran a hands-on digital training program for congressional staffers, organized regular management workshops, and hosted various large events like International Chart Day and Digital Day on the Hill. His efforts have helped congressional staffers build new skills and gain a more comprehensive understanding of how to utilize 21st century technology tools, such as social media, to better communicate to the American people.

In addition, Mr. Beckelman’s work on innovation and technology issues has led him to help found the Congressional Maker Caucus and launch the Capitol Hill Maker Faire, which brings dozens of inventors and entrepreneurs from all over the country to Capitol Hill annually to showcase the power of the modern Do-It-Yourself movement.

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Mr. Beckelman’s first stint on Capitol Hill was as a Staff Assistant to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, his hometown Congresswoman.

Mr. Beckelman will assume his Staff Director responsibilities beginning February 8.

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