About CivitasLA

Civitas [ siv-i-tas; Latin kee-wi-tahs ]​
noun, plural civ·i·ta·tes[siv-i-tey-teez; Latin kee-wi-tah-teys] ​
the body of citizens who constitute a state, especially a city-state, commonwealth, or the like; citizenship, especially as imparting shared responsibility, a common purpose, and sense of community.

Launched July 1, 2020, CivitasLA is a podcast that features diverse and emerging leaders throughout the greater Los Angeles region who are “building community.”

Each week, we seek to identify and elevate new leaders in our community, share knowledge, foster community connections, and through our work, promote civic knowledge and engagement. 

About the Host

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Dwayne A. Gathers
Creator/Host

CivitasLA was conceived by Dwayne A. Gathers, resulting from his own experiences and civic engagement in Los Angeles for close to two decades. Gathers has served as a Commissioner on the board of the  former Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA); served on the City of LA’s Workforce Investment Board; the Business Tax Advisory Committee; and the Small Business Advisory Committee. He has also served on the board of The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center; chaired the  board of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles; and currently serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp; is President of the Board of Trustees of Hollywood United Methodist Church; and is Chair of the Board of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He’s a graduate  of the Leadership Southern California Class of 2007. Born and raised in New York City, Dwayne graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Economics.

ENTHUSIASM & DEDICATION

“Dwayne’s enthusiasm for the L.A. community is evident in his dedication to many civic and cultural organizations.”

— Janet Elliott
President & CEO, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles

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2020-05-31T09:45:25-07:00

— Janet Elliott
President & CEO, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles

“Dwayne’s enthusiasm for the L.A. community is evident in his dedication to many civic and cultural organizations.”

PASSIONATE & DYNAMIC

“Dwayne's been a civic leader in Hollywood for years and is a passionate and dynamic leader who truly works to bring people together and elevate everyone's engagement on issues affecting our community. ”

— Oscar Arslanian
Publisher, Discover Hollywood Magazine

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2020-05-31T09:46:47-07:00

— Oscar Arslanian
Publisher, Discover Hollywood Magazine

“Dwayne's been a civic leader in Hollywood for years and is a passionate and dynamic leader who truly works to bring people together and elevate everyone's engagement on issues affecting our community. ”

DIVERSE & INQUISITIVE

“Dwayne is a great connector and a true global citizen, whose diverse life experiences will inform very rich and inquisitive conversations by CivitasLA.”

— Senator Kevin Murray (ret)
President & CEO, Weingart Center Association

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2020-05-31T09:49:25-07:00

— Senator Kevin Murray (ret)
President & CEO, Weingart Center Association

“Dwayne is a great connector and a true global citizen, whose diverse life experiences will inform very rich and inquisitive conversations by CivitasLA.”

KNOWLEDGE & PASSION

“Dwayne Gathers' knowledge and passion for his local community is matched only by his knowledge of the way municipal politics works.”

— Mark Jones
Chair, School of Creative Arts & Animation
Seneca College

CivitasLA
2020-05-31T15:31:46-07:00

— Mark Jones
Chair, School of Creative Arts & Animation
Seneca College

“Dwayne Gathers' knowledge and passion for his local community is matched only by his knowledge of the way municipal politics works.”

INCLUSIVE & NATURAL

“Dwayne’s inclusive style makes him a natural connector, making sure that all voices are heard. I’m sure CivitasLA will be a great new platform for civic engagement in LA!”

— Paula Zagrecki
Chief Executive Officer
Zorya Energy Advisors

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2020-05-31T15:32:56-07:00

— Paula Zagrecki
Chief Executive Officer
Zorya Energy Advisors

“Dwayne’s inclusive style makes him a natural connector, making sure that all voices are heard. I’m sure CivitasLA will be a great new platform for civic engagement in LA!”
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