Join us for a riveting conversation with former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs as we discuss his experience as a Black man growing up in Stockton, becoming mayor, and now working on his quest to end poverty in California. We will dive into the intersections of race, politics, and inequality with this esteemed innovator and California native.
In 2016, he was elected Mayor of Stockton at 26-years-old. He was the city’s first African-American Mayor, and the youngest Mayor of any major city in American history. As Mayor, Tubbs was lauded for his leadership and innovation. He raised over $20 million dollars to create the Stockton Scholars, a universal scholarship and mentorship program for Stockton students. Additionally, he piloted the first mayor-led guaranteed income pilot in the country. Currently, he is the Special Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility and Opportunity; the Founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI); and the Founder of End Poverty in California (EPIC).
Under his leadership, Stockton was named an “All-America City” in 2017 and 2018 by the National Civic League. The city saw a 40% drop in homicides in 2018 and 2019, led the state of California in the decline of officer involved shootings in 2019, and was named the second most fiscally healthy city in California. Additionally, it was recognized as one of the most fiscally healthy cities in the nation and was featured in an HBO documentary film, “Stockton on My Mind.”
On November 16, 2021, Tubbs released “The Deeper The Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home” published by the Flatiron Books imprint, An Oprah Book. The book—which the LA Times describes as “intimate and insightful”—not only relates Tubbs’ story of growing up in poverty, but lays his vision for leadership and policy that is more empathetic and responsive to people who are struggling.
Facilitator: Regina Celestin Williams; Executive Director, Silicon Valley @Home
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