On June 1st, representatives of 26 philanthropic institutions had the opportunity to experience how Stockton is reinventing itself through a full-day funders convening and Reinvention Tour in Stockton. Participants had the opportunity to learn on the ground about transformative initiatives, including the Stockton Scholars college promise scholarship initiative, the much-publicized Basic Income demonstration program, the South Stockton Promise Zone collective impact collaborative, the Advance Peace initiative to address community violence and trauma, and other community initiatives and organizations addressing the cradle-to-career continuum.
NCG in partnership with the City of Stockton is offering several opportunities to have more in depth exchanges about the eight strategies that constitute the vision for a resurgent Stockton.
Our next discussion will focus on Economic Empowerment/Workforce Access efforts of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED), the first city-level Guaranteed Income demonstration program in the country. This special 1-hour webinar scheduled on October 11th, from 11 am-noon, with Mayor Michael Tubbs and Lori Ann Ospina, who is leading the SEED effort.
Join us to learn more about the various efforts Stockton is undertaking to increase workforce access and how their grand experiment with guaranteed basic income is progressing.
Lori Ann Ospina is an expert at building programs that enable policy innovation. She is the Director of SEED, the country’s first city-led Guaranteed Income initiative. Prior to SEED, Ospina was Project Director of a groundbreaking experiment at the University of California, Hastings College of Law that collaborated with the Gap Inc. to evaluate the impact of more stable and predictable scheduling practices on front-line retail workers. Early in her career, Ospina pioneered the Grameen Foundation’s first field-office in Latin America and led data-driven programs that enabled rural farmers to compete in the modern economy. With a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, Ospina is committed to reimagining the social contract and radically reducing poverty in the 21st century.
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.