Experience that Makes the Difference
With more than twenty years' experience, Civitas provides unparalleled expertise in forming, modifying, and renewing improvement districts.
Improvement districts provide structure and stable funding for economic development through revitalization and marketing efforts. Civitas' team of experts has guided over 100 districts through the formation, modification, or renewal process. Civitas has formed property and business based districts, city and county wide districts, and improvement and marketing districts. Civitas' clients are innovative cities, counties, and community organizations working together to create a strong future for their locale.
Civitas provides unmatched expertise in district formation and renewal. Civitas' founder and current president, John Lambeth, has authored business improvement district laws in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. He helped form California's first property and business improvement in 1995, a vigorous district that continues to operate today. Civitas has also worked with international districts in Central and South America; in 2011 our efforts led to formation of Central America's first BID in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Whether your district is old or new, large or small, rural or urban, Civitas' experience will help you make a difference. Civitas provides comprehensive management of all aspects of the formation, renewal, and modification processes, for an efficient, effective, expertly guided project. Civitas approaches every project with a customer-centric philosophy, and works closely with our clients and district stakeholders to make their vision reality.
John A. Lambeth, President Email
Mr. Lambeth specializes in the creation and operation of business improvement districts. A special district attorney, he was a primary author of California's "Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994." He has been involved in all aspects of BID formation and modification, including outreach to owners, plan development, and petition/ballot campaigns. more >
Verna Sulpizio, Project Manager Email
Ms. Sulpizio is Civitas’ Sacramento Valley Project Manager. She works closely with clients on outreach and education for district formation and renewal. She is a founding member of Metro EDGE, and currently serves as the Metro Chamber’s Political Action Committee representative for Metro EDGE. She is the Chair of the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group and sits on the Board of Directors for the West Sacramento Foundation. She is a Sacramento Business Journal “40 under 40” award winner and in 2012 was recognized by CalTravel as an “Under 30 Emerging Leader”. Ms. Sulpizio is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in Community and Regional Development.
Gina Trechter, Project Manager Email
Ms. Trechter is the newest member of the Civitas family as a Project Manager in the Greater Los Angeles area. 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.
Melanee Cottrill, RP, Operations Manager / Senior Paralegal Email
Ms. Cottrill has spent several years managing the operations of special districts in California, specializing in legal document preparation. She is President of the Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association. She earned a BA in History at California State University, Sacramento and graduated with honors.
Nathan Hyde, Paralegal Email
Mr. Hyde began his career in the legal field as an intern at Friends of the River while attending American River College. He earned an associate’s degree in legal assisting with highest honors. Mr. Hyde is currently attending Lincoln Law School of Sacramento with the aspiration of practicing law in California. Mr. Hyde is married to his wife Steph and together they have two children, Colt and Anabel.
Marissa Telfer, Executive Assistant Email
Mrs. Telfer is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, where she earned a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, as well as a certificate in Mass Communications and Journalism. She is a Delta Gamma Alumni who joined Civitas after five years in the travel Industry. She has extensive experience in operations management, marketing, human resources, accounting, and event planning.
Sean Pratt, GIS & Database Specialist Email
Mr. Pratt specializes in creating, updating, and managing property owner information databases and creating customized maps. He earned a bachelor of arts degree at UC Davis. He began his GIS career while working for UC Davis Plant Sciences, and earned an Associate degree at American River College in GIS.
For every improvement district we form or renew, a donation is made to The Child Abuse Prevention Center.