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A Conversation with Mayor Michael Tubbs & Lateefah Simon

Thursday, October 25, 2018 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 4105
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Mayor Michael Tubbs was elected in 2016 in a landslide victory with 70% of the vote.  Since being elected at the age of 26, the youngest mayor in the history of a mid-size American city, he has raised the visibility of Stockton in the California here in the Bay Area and nationally. 

The Mayor has outlined an ambitious plan to reinvent the city in partnership with community, government, and the nonprofit sector and was a driver of the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition during his days on the city council where he also championing the City’s Office of Violence Prevention.

Funders from across the state recently gathered in Stockton to learn firsthand from community residents, local leaders, and the Mayor about the Stockton’s new direction. We’re pleased to offer this opportunity for the NCG community to hear from this exciting new voice on the political landscape and hear his vision for the city.

In conversation with Mayor Tubbs will be President of the Akonadi Foundation, Lateefah Simon. Ms. Simon is the youngest woman to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, led the Center for Young Women's Development (CYWD) from the age of 19, and currently serves on the BART Board of Directors. A leader and visionary in the field of philanthropy, civil rights and racial justice, she offers a unique vision of how to advance opportunities for people too often excluded. 

Join us for what promises to be an extraordinary conversation between two exceptional leaders.

Join us to:

  • Hear about Stockton’s ambitious 8-point plan to reimagine the city
  • Hear about the much talked about Guaranteed Income Demonstration Program (Stockton’s version of “Universal Basic Income”)
  • Hear about perspectives on the role of philanthropy in community change


Mayor Michael Tubbs, Mayor, the City of Stockton

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, 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.

Included in Fortune’s 2018 Top "40 under 40," Forbes' 2018 list of the “30 Under 30” and The Root's 100, Tubbs’ leadership, paired with an ambitious agenda, has received national recognition. 

Mayor Michael Tubbs has secured over $20 million in philanthropic capital to launch the Stockton Scholars, a place-based scholarship that aims to triple the number of Stockton students entering and graduating from college. Mayor Tubbs also brought Advance Peace to Stockton, a data-driven program that works to reduce gun violence in communities. Additionally, with an innovative public-private partnership supported by a $1,000,000 seed grant from the Economic Security Project, Tubbs launched the nation’s first municipal level basic income pilot, the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration.

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. Tubbs has been a college course instructor for Aspire Public Schools and a Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Design and the Emerson Collective. Michael is a Stockton native and product of Stockton public schools. 

Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation 

Lateefah Simon is the President of Akonadi Foundation, which nurtures movement building to advance racial justice in Oakland. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights, Lateefah brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area. Before joining Akonadi, she was Program Director for the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation.

Lateefah has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service, and in 2017 ‘Most Promising New Foundation President’ by Inside Philanthropy. Lateefah was elected to the Bart Board of Directors and Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the California State University’s Board of Trustees in 2016. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Tipping Point.