District 8

Marqueece Harris-Dawson

LA City Councilmember


Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson represents the Eighth District of Los Angeles and chairs the Planning and Land Use Committee. A lifelong champion of equity and community building, City Councilmember, Harris-Dawson supports policies that combat homelessness, create quality jobs, clean streets, and encourage community policing. As a long-time community organizer and South LA resident, Harris-Dawson values the people of South LA and relies on his deep rooted relationships to build public trust and collaborative solutions.

Never afraid to discuss issues of race and equity, Councilmember Harris-Dawson understands how decades of systemic disinvestment have harmed communities like South LA. Marqueece proudly represents over 248,000 people including the highest concentration of African Americans in the city.

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson knows that the people of South LA are its greatest resource. As the former President and CEO of the progressive nonprofit, Community Coalition Councilmember Harris Dawson brings an organizer’s perspective to City government and continues to advocate for communities.

Marqueece received a BA from Morehouse College and has been recognized with numerous community commendations and awards including 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. Additionally, he holds a certificate in non-profit 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 when by organizing and working together.