Founder & President
Justin Lane founded the Civitas Agency after more than 15 years of experience in government communications and digital media. His leadership has driven award-winning public affairs and marketing campaigns for global brands and government agencies alike — garnering national recognition including multiple Telly and Emmy awards.
Lane recently served as Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s deputy communications director, where he led digital communications for the governor and statewide public messaging strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Lane served as a communications advisor for economic development, public health and workforce development initiatives.
Lane previously served as marketing director at the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development under former commissioners U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty and University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd. In this role, Lane led domestic and international marketing in 11 countries and developed creative strategies that helped recruit a record amount of corporate investment to Tennessee. Serving in the role for eight years, Lane became a major force within the economic development industry, producing some of the most innovative and awarded EDO marketing campaigns in the country.
Lane’s experience also includes leadership roles in public affairs and advertising in Washington DC and Nashville. His other notable clients include Under Armour, Jack Daniel’s, Barrett Firearms, Kimber Firearms, U.S. Marines, U.S Department of Defense and the TN Film and Entertainment Commission.
Justin lives in Nashville with his wife Megan and their kids. He was previous an advisory board member for NextSteps at Vanderbilt University—a postsecondary education program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.