Michael Tubbs is the first African-American Mayor of Stockton, California, and the youngest mayor in American history of a city of more than 100,000 people. Before being elected Mayor in November 2016, Michael served as the City Councilmember representing Council District 6, the district where he grew up. He is the youngest elected official in Stockton’s history and one of the youngest elected officials in the nation.
Born and raised in Stockton, Michael attended Hamilton Middle School and graduated with the International Baccalaureate diploma from Franklin High School. After Franklin, Michael attended Stanford University graduating with a Master’s degree in Policy, Leadership and Organization Studies, plus a Bachelor’s degree with honors; he is a Truman Scholar and a recipient of the highest university award, the Dinkelspiel.
While in university, he began to advocate for students and founded The Phoenix Scholars and the Summer Success and Leadership Academy at the University of the Pacific to increase access to higher education for underrepresented students.
As a Councilmember, he championed the creation of the City’s Office of Violence Prevention, founded the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, and led the South Stockton Promise Zone planning efforts. Tubbs also served as a college course instructor for Aspire Langston Hughes Academy and as a fellow and lecturer at the Design School at Stanford University.
As Mayor, he plans to work tirelessly to reinvent Stockton into a community of opportunity for everyone by focusing on violent crime, economic development, collective impact strategies, and partnering with school districts to improve education.
The impetus behind Tubbs’ experiences and accomplishments is his desire to create opportunities and positive outcomes for his community. A true son of Stockton, Tubbs eagerly welcomes the challenge and is humbled by the opportunity to serve the Stockton community as Mayor.