About Marqueece Harris-Dawson
City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson proudly represents the Eighth District of Los Angeles and chairs the city’s Planning Land Use and Management committee. City Councilmember, Harris-Dawson has introduced policies that combat homelessness, create quality jobs, clean streets, and encourage community policing. Within his first 18 months as a Councilmember, he authored Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond for permanent supportive housing, the largest investment towards ending homelessness in the nation and has authorized more affordable housing than anywhere in the city in his first two years in office.
The Eighth District is home to over 248,000 people and the Councilmember proudly represents the district with the highest concentration of African Americans in the city. Never afraid to discuss issues of race and equity, Councilmember Harris-Dawson understands how decades of systematic disinvestment have harmed our communities and believes the people of South LA are its greatest resource. As a long-time community organizer in South LA, Harris-Dawson relies on his deep roots and relationships to build public trust and collaborative solutions.
Councilmember Harris-Dawson graduated from Morehouse College and joined Community Coalition in 1995. Beginning in 2004, Councilmember Harris-Dawson succeeded US Congresswoman Karen Bass as President and CEO of Community Coalition - one of the most progressive non-profits in the city.
Councilmember Harris-Dawson has received various community commendations, recognition, and awards such as the coveted Do Something “BRICK” Award, The Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Award, the NAACP Man of Valor Award, Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship, and Liberty Hill Foundation’s Upton Sinclair Award. He also served as a board member for the Liberty Hill Foundation. He holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and is an Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow.
Marqueece grew up in South Los Angeles and proudly resides there with his wife Karrie. They strongly believe in the community’s power to create a better tomorrow by organizing and working together.