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Michael Tubbs

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Michael D. Tubbs is the Special Advisor for Economic Mobility and Opportunity for Governor Gavin Newsom. He serves as an ex-officio member on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, charged with collecting “best-practice ideas from a wide variety of external stakeholders, focused on opportunity, economic mobility and fighting poverty, [working] to build public and political will for policy change – ultimately ensuring that California families will have the opportunity to not just survive but thrive.”

Tubbs previously served as the Mayor of Stockton, California. Upon taking office in January 2017, Michael Tubbs became both Stockton’s youngest mayor and the City’s first African-American mayor. Michael Tubbs is also the youngest mayor in the history of the country representing a city with a population of over 100,000 residents. Recognized as one of Politico’s Top 50, Fortune’s 2018, Top “40 under 40,” Forbes’ 2018 list of the “30 Under 30”, and awarded the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, Tubbs’ leadership paired with an ambitious progressive agenda has received national recognition. In his first year, Mayor Michael Tubbs secured $20M to launch Stockton Scholars, a place-based scholarship that aims to triple the number of Stockton students entering and graduating from college. Tubbs also brought Advance Peace to Stockton, a data driven program that works to reduce gun violence in communities. With an innovative public-private partnership supported by a $1M grant, Tubbs launched the nation’s first ever mayor-led guaranteed income pilot.