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About Marqueece Harris-Dawson

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, President-Elect of the Los Angeles City Council, has dedicated over two decades to community activism and public service. Born and raised in South Los Angeles, Harris-Dawson’s early experiences witnessing the impact of the crack cocaine epidemic on his community shaped his commitment to social justice. He graduated from Morehouse College and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Since his election to the City Council in 2015, Harris-Dawson has been a force for change. His co-authorship of Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure for permanent supportive housing, has led to a significant increase in affordable housing in the Eighth District, surpassing any other part of the city. His advocacy for the Community Safety Partnership has built reparative relationships between the community and the LAPD, making the district safer and more secure.

Even in the face of the 2020 pandemic, Harris-Dawson’s leadership shone through. He initiated a program to support local businesses and feed vulnerable seniors, which was not only a lifeline for the community but also became a statewide model. His transformation of a controversial Metro train project into a public art people’s museum celebrating Black culture in Los Angeles is a testament to his innovative and adaptive approach to governance.

Known for his pragmatic and progressive approach, Harris-Dawson’s efforts in affordable housing, economic equity, and public safety have significantly impacted Los Angeles. He chairs the Planning and Land Use Management Committee and is Vice Chair of the Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations, and the Budget, Finance, and Innovation Committees. A proud son of South Central LA, he continues to drive initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all residents.