City councilmember Michael Tubbs, who represents the 6th District in Stockton, spoke to community and faith leaders and elected officials Wednesday at the “Community Leaders Recognition Awards” hosted by Black Elected Officials & Faith Based Leaders of the East Bay.
The annual event was held at Everett & Jones BBQ in Oakland honoring four leaders: Victoria Jones, vice president of The Clorox Company; Dr. J. Alfred Smith Sr., Pastor Emeritus of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland; William (Bill) Patterson, board director of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD); and Gay Plair-Cobb, chief executive officer of the Oakland Private Industry Council.
As the youngest city councilmember elected in Stockton history and one of the youngest elected officials in the nation at 23 years old, Tubbs was keynote speaker for the event discussing the status of California urban communities, something he knows firsthand.
Tubbs was born and raised in the 6th District of Stockton and attended Stanford University on a full scholarship, earning his bachelors degree and a masters degree in Policy, Leadership, and Organization Studies.
While attending Stanford, Tubbs served as president of the school’s NAACP. He has been influential in directing youth to value education.
He started a non-profit The Phoenix Scholars, helping young people in California become the first in their families to attend college. He co-created Save Our Stockton, a successful task force on youth and crime and was chairman of the Youth Advisory Commission for two years.
Tubbs also organized a “Back to School” tour to encourage students to further their education. He co-founded the Summer Success and Leadership Academy at the University of Pacific, a residential program that trains Stockton’s youth to create solutions to problems in the city.
Tubbs says he is excited and humbled at the opportunity to serve the community that raised him. He says he wants to help reinvent the city by focusing on public safety, economic development and job creation, government transparency, community building, and providing opportunities for Stockton’s youth.