Michael Tubbs

Two years ago, at age 22, Michael was elected to the City Council in his hometown of Stockton, Calif., with more than 60 percent of the vote. Born to a teenaged mother and an incarcerated father, Michael graduated from Stanford in 2012 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and received the university’s highest distinction, the Dinkelspiel Award. As an undergrad, he interned at Google and The White House, and founded The Phoenix Scholars program, which helps low-income high school students become the first in their families to go to college. He returned home to help reinvent Stockton, a bankrupt city that ranks in the top 10 nationally in unemployment and violent crime. His campaign and election is the subject of a documentary, True Son, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. In addition to serving on the City Council, Michael has taught low-income youth at Aspire Langston Hughes Academy since 2012. As a d.school fellow, he will build on his plans to launch a school in Stockton for young men of color, and to create a model for more schools nationwide.