On November 8, 2016, Michael Tubbs was elected to serve as the mayor of the City of Stockton, California. Upon taking office in January 2017, elected at the age of 26, Michael Tubbs became both the nation’s youngest mayor, for a city of over 100,000 people and Stockton’s first African-American mayor. Recognized as one of Politico’s Top 50, Fortune’s 2018 Top "40 under 40," Forbes' 2018 list of the “30 Under 30,” Tubbs’ leadership paired with an ambitious progressive agenda has received national recognition. Since taking office, Mayor Michael Tubbs secured a $20 million private donation to launch “Stockton Scholars,” which will provide up to $4,000 to help students pay for college or trade school.  Mayor Tubbs also worked to bring “Advance Peace” to Stockton, a program that works to reduce gun violence in communities by identifying and engaging the less than one percent of Stockton’s population known to commit gun crimes. Mayor Tubbs also launched the nation’s first-ever municipal level basic income pilot, known as the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration or SEED.


Before becoming mayor, Michael Tubbs served as Stockton's District 6 City Councilmember. Elected at age 22 in 2013, he became one of the youngest City Councilmembers in the country. As a councilmember, Tubbs created the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, championed the creation of the City’s Office of Violence Prevention and was part of the council that led the city out of bankruptcy as Chair of the Audit and Legislative Committee. Mayor Tubbs graduated in 2012 from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with honors. Mayor Tubbs is focused on poverty reduction, public safety, workforce development, community engagement, and organizing and collective impact strategies. Tubbs has been a college course instructor for Aspire Public Schools and a Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Design and the Emerson Collective.


Forbes 30 under 30:

Recently Mayor Tubbs has been honored as one of Forbes 30 under 30. This is especially satisfying as Forbes magazine has labeled Stockton one of the most miserable cities in the country.

Not only is Mayor Tubbs listed as a 30 under 30 in the category of Law and Policy, he also made the more exclusive list of 30 under 30 “call outs.”

Obama Foundation:

Mayor Tubbs was asked to speak at the launch of the Obama Foundation in Chicago. Tubbs was the only U.S. Mayor and current elected official asked to deliver remarks on the main stage. The Mayor was given a prime spot on the agenda, just one speaker away from the president himself.

Mayor Tubbs and Stockton were featured in NBCBLK28: 28 innovators, vanguards, trendsetters and pioneers under 28 years old. NBCBLK spotlighted individuals who are redefining what it means to be young, gifted & unapologetically Black.

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