Kevin Johnson is the 55th mayor of Sacramento. He is the first African American to be elected to the office. 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 has grown to a network of four high-quality charter schools. Collectively these schools serve students from pre-school through 12th grade.