Former star Phoenix Suns guard Kevin Johnson was elected the first African American mayor of his hometown of Sacramento, Calif., in November 2008. A three-time NBA all-star, Johnson retired from the league after 12 seasons in 2000 and returned to the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento to become CEO of St. HOPE, a nonprofit he founded in 1989 to revitalize inner-city communities through public education, economic development, civic leadership and arts enrichment. Since taking office in December of 2008, Johnson has focused on improving public safety, strengthening public education and bolstering economic development in Sacramento. His work with St. HOPE and other activities led President George H.W. Bush to honor Johnson with the 411th Point of Light in 1991.