About - Civitas Advisors

ABOUT CIVITAS

 

Civitas

It’s not just a name, it defines us.

We envision a world in which every community is vibrant, healthy and prosperous. We believe in the transformational impact of travel.

Partnerships. Progress. Prosperity.

It’s not just a tagline, it’s what we do.

We empower businesses, properties and destinations with the resources to strengthen economic and community development worldwide.

Partnerships

Here at Civitas, partnerships are the heart of everything we do. Our company was founded on a fundamental belief that diverse partnerships are efficient, effective, and empowering. Truly, two heads are better than one… and three are even better.

Our belief in partnerships is the invisible hand that guides what we do and how we do it. When we hire new staff, they become part of a civitas. When we serve our clients, we do so through teamwork with our client, stakeholders, and the local government. When we create a new improvement district, we are forming a new partnership — whether they are downtown, suburban, tourism, restaurant, or even focused on another industry — we are creating a lasting relationship that empowers property and business owners to work together towards common goals.

Progress

Creating an efficient, effective partnership is the first, most empowering step on the path to prosperity. The partnerships we build enable our clients and team members to progress down the path toward their goals.

Civitas’ path to prosperity began in 1993, with a vision of a better Downtown Sacramento. That vision became California’s first property-based business improvement district in 1995. Over the next few years, that vision spread to downtowns throughout California, and a company called Downtown Resources was born.

As time passed, the vision of a better downtown expanded. Commercial corridors, neighborhood shopping districts, industrial areas and tourist destinations all adopted the model. The name Downtown Resources was eventually outgrown, and thus Civitas emerged.

From a two-person shop focused on a few downtowns in California, our firm has progressed to a 10-member civitas with over 150 clients of all types across 15 states and four countries. The same spirit of progress that has grown Civitas is put to work for our clients every day in myriad ways. When we have a good idea, or learn something new (like how to hire truly great people), we can’t wait to share it with our clients.

Prosperity

Ask anyone at Civitas what the best part of the work we do is, and they will tell you it is seeing our clients succeed. To us, there is nothing more satisfying than encountering an advertisement funded by one of our tourism districts or discovering freshly planted medians in one of our property districts. We know that behind that ad or median is a thriving partnership, working every day to benefit owners, create jobs, improve quality of life, make our favorite places cleaner and safer, and make our world a better place.

Through the power of partnerships, our team has helped more than 150 clients progress towards prosperity. The path is always evolving, always growing – and our team will be here to help our clients along it. We hope to help you on your journey soon.


MEET OUR TEAM

 
At Civitas, we work as a connected team to inspire, encourage and support one another in an environment where we’re able to show up as ourselves and do our best work everyday.

John Lambeth
John Lambeth
President & CEO
Mr. Lambeth is an attorney who specializes in creating and operating business improvement districts. He was the primary author of the Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994, and assisted with creation of the first property-based improvement districts in California. He is a frequent speaker on tourism improvement districts and property and business improvement districts. Mr. Lambeth has been involved in all aspects of district formation and modification, including outreach, plan development, and petition and ballot drives. He formerly served as clerk to the Honorable Malcolm M. Lucas, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Carson Lambeth
Carson Lambeth
Vice President
Ms. Lambeth’s career has included over 17 years of experience with project and relationship management, human resources and recruiting. Ms. Lambeth specializes in consensus building and successful program implementation. Carson has also been involved with many non-profit organizations in the Sacramento community, including St. Hope, March of Dimes, Breakthrough and the Child Abuse Prevention Council. Carson earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in Organizational Studies and a minor in Rhetoric and Communications.
Rachael Mogavero
Rachael Mogavero
Executive Assistant
Ms. Mogavero joined the Civitas team, in 2018, after her time at the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, where she managed their Any Given Child program and many other parts of their community engagement programming. Rachael excels in office management, team leadership, creative project management, communications and client services. Rachael graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Musical Theater Performance and a Minor in Communications.
Tiffany Gallagher
Tiffany Gallagher
Eastern U.S. Branch Manager
Throughout her career, Ms. Gallagher has shown strong commitment to the tourism and business communities. Most recently, Ms. Gallagher served as the President of the Greater Syracuse Hospitality and Tourism Association and currently serves on the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Board of Directors. Relevant experience includes; serving on the Board of Directors of Destination Marketing Organizations, Strategic Planning Councils, and Business Improvement Districts. Ms. Gallagher works out of Upstate New York, where she is able to assist and manage clients along the eastern seaboard.
Nichole Farley
Nichole Farley
Director of Business Development
Ms. Farley specializes in the development and execution of strategies with a focus on B2B relationships. She has worked with destinations in all aspects of the formation of business improvement districts, with a strong focus on the development of stakeholder engagement strategies. Ms. Farley earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico in Agriculture Business with a minor in Recreation Administration and did post-graduate studies of Communication with an emphasis in Travel and Tourism at California State University, Fullerton. In 2014, Ms. Farley was awarded CalTravel's 30 and Under Emerging Leader Award.
Gina Reed
Gina Reed
Project Manager
Mrs. Reed is Civitas’ Project Manager in the Greater Los Angeles area. Since 2014, Gina has been working with clients in all aspects of district formation, renewal, and modification. She has an extensive background in the hospitality industry in sales, marketing and event planning. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, and is a founding member of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber Young Professional’s Organization.
Kelly Rankin
Kelly Rankin
Project Manager
Ms. Rankin is Civitas' Project Manager in Sacamento. Kelly joined the Civitas team in 2018. Prior to Civitas, Kelly attended California State University, Fresno where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Advertising. She started her career in the travel industry, then continued on in television advertising sales in New York City. Upon her return to California five years later, she joined the Civitas team with experience in operations, client relations and media expertise.
Jeremiah Toles
Jeremiah Toles
Project Coordinator
Mr. Toles comes with 15 years of devoted work in the hospitality industry as an Operations and Revenue Manager for some of the largest lodging properties in Syracuse, New York where he continues to reside. He is passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Mr. Toles assisted to help pass the Dignity For All Students Act Law in New York and was recognized for his volunteer work with the Human Rights Award by the Syracuse Human Rights Commission. Mr. Toles' hospitality experience combined with his passion for DEI brings a unique perspective to further the innovation of tourism marketing and funding programming.
Madison Deschamps
Madison Deschamps
Legal Coordinator
Ms. Deschamps is a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science as well as a minor degree in Women’s Studies. Her coursework emphasized American Politics and Institutions, and she followed her academic experiences centered around policy and legislation with an internship at the California State Assembly. She joins Civitas following professional experiences in the legal field, administrative work, as well as membership in on-campus organizations that fostered her passion for community development.

Roxanne Steinhoff
Roxanne Steinhoff
Business Development & Content Creation Coordinator
Ms. Steinhoff has worked with some of the most well-known sports entities in the world, including the IOC, USOPC, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA. Before joining Civitas she spent 4+ years at the Chicago Sports Commission, and during that time her team hosted 45+ major events and won such marquee business as the 2020 NBA All-Star Game and 2018 Laver Cup. She was recognized for her achievements by Destinations International when she was named to the organization’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2019. Steinhoff graduated from Lake Superior State University with a B.A. in Communication in 2013. She went on to earn a M.A. in International Relations and International Communication from Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies in 2015. She is currently pursuing her J.D. at DePaul University’s College of Law as an evening student and expects to graduate in December of 2022.

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