Government Affairs Committee

The Novato Chamber aims to better the North Bay community through connectivity, discussion and political influence. Through the Government Affairs Committee, our organization gets the opportunity to meet key and influential players in town. The GAC then makes recommendations of action to the Novato Chamber Board of Directors.


If you have a project, topic or discussion point that you would like the GAC to consider for  the monthly agenda, please contact either of the Co-Chairs.
You can email them directly by clicking on their photo.

Leslie Biagini-Salazar

Committee CoChair
AJ PaintMasters

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Seth Shorett

Committee Co-Chair
Presidio Bank

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David Bentley Novato Chamber North Marin Water District Government Affairs Board of Directors

David Bentley

Committee Member
North Marin Water District


Jennifer Goldfinger Novato Chamber City Government Affairs Volunteer of the Year 2017

Jennifer Goldfinger

Committee Member
Retired - City of Novato


Chamber Ambassador Novato Sanitary District Sandeep Karkal

Sandeep Karkal

Committee Member
Novato Sanitary

Government Affairs Novato Chamber Jerry Peters

Jerry Peters

Committee Member
North Coast Railroad Authority

Bill Tyler GAC Government Affairs Reprsents Fire Protection District

Bill Tyler

Committee Member
Novato Fire Protection District

WIB Women in Business Novato Chamber Committee Alyssa Galloway Novato CHamber BEC GAC

Alyssa Galloway

Committee Member
BioMarin Pharmaceutical

Jim Hogeboom NUSD Novato Unified School District GAC Government Affairs

Jim Hogeboom

Committee Member
Novato Unified School District

Justin Kudo Novato Chamber Government Affairs Committee Marin Clean Energy Novato Chamber Solar Wine

Justin Kudo

Committee Member

Government Affairs, Novato Chamber Marin General GAC

Dr. Jeffrey Stevenson,

Committee Member
General/Family Medicine

Peggy Flynn Novato City of Novato CHamber GAC Government Affairs Committee

Peggy Flynn

Ex-Officio Member
City of Novato

June Meeting | Invited Guest
Cheryl Paddack - North Marin Community Services

Paddack Cheryl Novato Chamber GAC Guest Interview

May  Meeting | Invited Guest(s)
Endorsement Interviews | CA-June Election

Vote California Register Elections Candidate Bear DMV

US Congress | CA District II - interviewing

CA- Senate | District II - interviewing  
CA-Assembly | District X - interviewing

Regional Measure 3
Increased Bay Area Bridge Toll r for regional construction projects | No position

 First and Grant Development
Novato Chamber Endorsed

The Novato Chamber Board of Directors proudly

endorsed the proposed project presented by Dan MacDonald Architects. This  project will be a major step to vitalizing the west side of our downtown district | Project Progress

Pini Building First and Grant Novato Building Development Construction Dan MacDonald

ATTENTION! - Design Review Presentation for the First and Grant Development Tues, May 2 | City Hall.

Show your support for a vibrant Downtown and start #ShapingTomorrow


Updated: 5/1/2018 : 9:57 am

April  Meeting | Invited Guest
Wood Hollow Hotel Project

Wooidhollow GAC Government Affairs Hotel City Development Proposals Guest

The Proposed Wood Hollow Hotel Project

The GAC will be learning about the proposed Woodhollow Hotel Project. For more information about the project please refer the City of Novato's Website. .

April  Meeting | Invited Guest
Stephanie Koehler; Executive Director DNBA

Stephanie Koehler Novato CHamber DNBA GAC Stephanie Koehler will be joining the GAC discussion come April to discuss projects including some revitalization ideas regarding the Downtown Bid.

March  Meeting | Topic
District V Supervisorial Candidate Interviews

Judy Arnold Smart Novato CHamber GACOn March 6, 208 the GAC held interviews  for the County Supervisor candidates. Invitations were sent to Supervisor Judy Arnold and Toni Shroyer.

Invitations Sent:

Supervisor, Judy Arnold - ACCEPTED

Toni Shroyer - DECLINED

General Chamber News

MidTerm Elections: 2018

The Novato Chamber Board of Directors does exercise its right to endorse candidates for office. For the latest (official) endorsements please refer to our Candidate Endorsement page.

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Golf Tournament - Sept 20, 2018

FORE!!! The Novato Chamber Golf Tournament is fast approaching and we are excited to share with you some amazing opportunities. Registration and Sponsorship are filling up fast! Register today!

Golf Tournament | 2018

First and Grant Receives Novato Chamber Endorsement

The Novato Chamber Board of Directors has decided to endorse the First and Grant Development. The site of the Old Pini Building offers a special opportunity to develop the west side of Novato's Downtown District.

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Governemnt Affairs Committee | GAC

Government Affairs meets on the First Tuesday of the month at the offices of the Novato Chamber. Noon - 1:30


Thank you to the dedicated members of the Novato Chamber Government Affairs Committee. We appreciate you taking time out of your day to help us #ShapeTomorrow


The Government Affairs Committee is part of the Novato Chamber of Commerce

Thank you!

Novato Chamber CEO Coy Smith


Questions about the GAC? Contact Coy Smith our CEO
E-Mail her by clicking on his photo!