Eli Beckman is an architectural designer, politician, writer, analyst, and photographer.
A native of Corte Madera, California, Eli was shaped by Marin County's vibrant communities, the natural beauty of coastal California, and the exciting bustle of San Francisco.
He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2016, during which time he also began writing political analysis.
Cal Poly afforded him the opportunity to study abroad as part of a Masters exchange program with the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany. While abroad, he discovered and developed his passion for photography and continued to write, ultimately building two websites to showcase his work.
On returning from Germany, Eli took two internships: one with Perkins Eastman, a global architecture firm in San Francisco designing healthcare and senior living facilities, and the other with the Washington, D.C. office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein. Both experiences were formative for him, reaffirming his passion for architecture while cementing his interest in public service.
In his final year of school, Eli completed a thesis exploring the concept of a skyscraper that generates enough renewable energy to power a neighborhood, and had his first photography exhibition at a gallery in downtown San Luis Obispo.
After graduating he returned to the Bay Area, taking a job with Perkins Eastman and becoming a LEED AP BD+C, an accredited professional certified in sustainable design. It was during this time that he was first published, by the local newspaper and a prominent foreign policy think tank.
Living again in Corte Madera, and seeing the national social and political environments turn in a direction he did not recognize, Eli decided to pursue public service as well. He applied for and was appointed to a position on Corte Madera's Flood Control Board, was recruited as an Incident Commander in his neighborhood's disaster response organization, and was elected a Director of the Corte Madera Lions Club. Determined to do more, he decided to run for Town Council.
Winter and spring of 2018 saw him continue his full-time architecture job in San Francisco while running a campaign in Corte Madera that focused on preparing the town for the major challenges of tomorrow: climate change and the online retail era. At the same time, he showed his photography in various venues throughout Marin County and built a campaign website.
In June, he ended his employment with Perkins Eastman after two years, just in time to become Marin County's youngest elected official in a landslide victory. He won with the support of two-thirds of Corte Madera voters, earning the most votes of any candidate for Corte Madera Town Council in history.
Today, Eli is working in freelance web design while diving into his new duties as a Councilman. He intends to continue in web design while studying for the Architectural Registration Exams (to become a fully-licensed architect) and looking for his next job in the field, and will continue to display his photography at local venues.
Past that, he's excited to see what the future holds, and what he will be able to accomplish with his colleagues on the Council.