Kurt Wilson is a local government advocate, educator, and consultant who brings more than 25 years of senior management experience serving 4 cities, 2 state agencies, and the federal government. He is best known for managing the City of Stockton out of bankruptcy and through a recovery journey that spanned being the largest U.S. city to ever file for bankruptcy protections all the way to the prestigious ranking of 2 nd most fiscally healthy large city in America. In previous roles, he was a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, first Director of the City of San Bernardino’s Office of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, first Chief of External Affairs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Executive Director of the Corrections Standards Authority (now the Board of State and Community Corrections), and City Council member and Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Rialto.
In addition to two master’s degrees (MBA and M.Ed.), he earned his Doctor of Law and Policy degree from Northeastern University where he drew upon his personal experiences as an African American male and his professional experiences as a sworn law enforcement officer for his research interest of policing Black America.