Yucel (pronounced ‘u-jel’) Ors, Legislative Director for Public Safety, Federal Advocacy

As a member of the federal advocacy team, Yucel leads NLC’s federal lobbying efforts on policy issues involving policing, violence and crime prevention, gun control, criminal justice reform, corrections, drug trafficking, substance abuse, mental health justice, juvenile justice, fire prevention and response, disaster preparedness and recovery, domestic and international terrorism, and immigration enforcement. He also represents the association before a wide range of constituencies and manages the activities of the NLC’s Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee. 

Before joining NLC, Yucel served as the government relations director for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. He led the effort to establish the association’s satellite Government Affairs Office in Washington, D.C., and directed the Public Safety Alliance campaign. He brought together more than sixty state and local organizations and companies to successfully campaign to pass legislation to build a nationwide public safety broadband network for first responders, known today as FirstNet.  

Yucel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from William Paterson University of New Jersey, and a master’s from the University of Central Florida.