Mayor Kevin Johnson, Founder
Kevin Johnson is the 55th mayor of Sacramento. He is the first native Sacramentan, and the first African American to be elected to the office. His vision is for Sacramento to become “a city that works for everyone.”
Johnson’s dedication to public service began long before he started his tenure as mayor. To address a shortage of quality schools in his native Oak Park, Johnson founded St. HOPE Public Schools in 1989, during his second season as a professional basketball player for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. St. HOPE grew to a network of four high quality charter schools. Collectively these schools serve students from pre-school through twelfth grade.
Upon retiring from the NBA after 12 seasons with the Phoenix Suns in 2000, he returned to his Oak Park neighborhood in Sacramento to serve as the CEO of St. HOPE. Over 20 years, St. HOPE has dramatically improved the community of Oak Park through its holistic community development approach and excellent public schools.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Johnson has held roles with the UC Berkeley Foundation and Harvard Divinity School. Johnson has also and earned numerous accolades including President George Bush’s 411th “Point of Light”; the Caring Institute’s “Most Caring American” award; the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award; and induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Fame.
Other Board Members
- John Finegan, CEO Beck Ag
- Daryl Heath
- John Taylor
- Mariah Sheriff, Interim Execution Director