Global Conference 2010
Mayor, City of Sacramento
Kevin Johnson is the Mayor of Sacramento. Among his achievements are putting more police on the streets, securing more than $500 million in federal stimulus dollars for the region and playing a central role in pushing critical school reforms through the California Legislature. Before being elected to public office, Johnson had a diverse career as a professional athlete, entrepreneur and nonprofit executive. In May 2000, he retired from the NBA after 12 seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He returned to his hometown of Sacramento to serve as the CEO of St. HOPE, a nonprofit community development corporation he founded in 1989 to revitalize inner-city communities through public education, economic development, civic leadership and arts enrichment. Johnson, who is in the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and the Pac-10 Hall of Fame, appears regularly on such shows as "CNN Newsroom," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dateline NBC" and "Larry King Live."