Leslie Biagini-Salazar

Committee CoChair
AJ PaintMasters

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Seth Shorett

Committee Co-Chair
Presidio Bank

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The Novato Chamber works to keep the business community informed, represented and heard to local and regional offices. The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) works to ensure that business needs are represented and that laws are adopted that help build our community while keeping our businesses and the economy strong and thriving.GAC believes in fostering communication and works diligently to be inclusive. GAC also believes in providing as much transparency as possible to the speakers, guests and interviews in which it conducts.

The Novato Chamber betters 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.

Minimum Wage Increase

No Vote was taken on this topic by the Novato Chamber Board of Directors. 

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Alyssa Galloway

Committee Member
BioMarin Pharmaceutical


Chamber Ambassador Novato Sanitary District Sandeep Karkal

Sandeep Karkal

Committee Member
Novato Sanitary

Government Affairs Novato Chamber Jerry Peters

Jerry Peters

Committee Member
Novato Save the Depot

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Bill Tyler

Committee Member
Novato Fire Protection District

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Rafelina Maglio

Committee Member
Bank of Marin

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

Jennifer Goldfinger

Committee Member
Retired - City of Novato


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Garen Kazanjian

Committee Member
Garen Kazanjian

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Jim Hogeboom

Committee Member
Novato Unified School District

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Justin Kudo

Committee Member


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Regan Candelaio

Ex-Officio Member
City of Novato

 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

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Show your support for a vibrant Downtown and start #ShapingTomorrow


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

Past GAC Meeting Topics / Guests



History | Novato Chamber

The Novato Chamber is one of the North Bay's oldest institutions. The Chamber led Novato through much of the early years and continues to play a critical role in the community.

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Employment Posters

2019 Employment Poster Order Forms are IN!

Be sure to order your Employement Posters today, as well as the packet, booklet and all of the other things that yout MUST legarlly have.

Employment Poster Order Form

Board of Directors

Board members serve a term of 3 years and may serve two consecutive terms. Following a year off-duty, they may resume their service. The Board sets policy, general goals, vision and helps forge the path of the organization under the leadership of the Board President.

Board of Directors

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!

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Do You Have Questions? Contact the Novato Chamber Team!

If you have any questions about this page, the Novato Chamber's political position/community project endorsements, or if you are interested in learning more about the Board of Directors and the Novato Chamber's community participation and representation, contact Coy Smith. Click here to Email Coy!

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