Marqueece Harris-Dawson (born Nov.ember 7, 1970) is an American politician and the incumbent member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing Los Angeles City Council District 8 of western Southwest Los Angeles.
Harris-Dawson was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Councilmember Harris-Dawson grew up in South Los Angeles during the crack cocaine epidemic. His family moved from their neighborhood to protect their children from police and gang violence. 
Harris-Dawson graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Mathematics. In 1995, he joined Community Coalition under then founder and current Congresswoman Karen Bass.
Dawson’s first campaign as a community organizer was to change the conditions of schools in South Los Angeles and to infuse equity in the distribution of education funding.  As a result of the campaign, South Los Angeles schools received an investment of $153 million for repair and modernization.  He served as its President and CEO from 2004 to 2014. He was the coordinator for the 1999 re-election campaign of Mark Ridley-Thomas in District 2 of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors .
In the primary election for District 8 in 2015, Harris-Dawson received over 62% of the vote for the vacant seat. Because Harris-Dawson won outright, a general election for District 8 was not needed. Term limits forced Bernard C. Parks, Harris-Dawson’s predecessor since 2004, out of office.