Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs is the author of The Deeper The Roots: A Story of Hope and Home and currently serves as the executive chairman of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, the founder of Ending Poverty in California (EPIC), and as the special advisor for Governor Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility and Opportunity. Previously, Tubbs served as the first Black mayor of Stockton, CA and the youngest mayor of a major city in American history. As mayor, Tubbs raised over $20 million dollars to create  the Stockton Scholars,  a district wide scholarship and mentorship program for Stockton students. Additionally, he piloted the first mayoral-led guaranteed income pilot in the country. Under his leadership, Stockton was named an “All-America City” in 2017 and 2018, saw a 40% drop in homicides in 2018 and 2019, led the state of California in the decline of officer involved shootings in 2019, was named the second most fiscally healthy city in California and was featured in an HBO documentary film entitled “Stockton on My Mind.”

Tubbs has been named a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, The MIT Media Lab, the Stanford Design School, The Emerson Collective, a member of Fortune’s Top 40 under 40,  a Forbes 30 under 30 All star Alumni, the “Most Valuable Mayor” by The Nation, the 2021 Civic Leadership Award winner from The King Center, and 2019 New Frontier Award Winner from the JFK Library.  Previous to being Mayor, Tubbs served as a councilmember for the City of Stockton District 6 and a high school educator.

Contact Tubbs at commlead@usc.edu.