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Government Affairs aims to influence positive political action through dialogue while advocating for the current & future sustainable economic interests of the North Bay.

Mission Statement


GAC meets every first Tuesday of the month at noon | and as needed / by appointment | currently meeting virtually



From, District 1, the GAC and Novato Chamber Board of Directors have endorsed Susan Wernick for, Novato City Council. (far right)




From, District 1, the GAC and Novato Chamber Board of Directors have endorsed Susan Wernick for, Novato City Council. (far right)


Government Affairs Committee Meeting

The Novato Chamber GAC convenes monthly to discuss projects, proposals, and candidates that could influence the current or future of economic prosperity in the community.


Government Affairs aims to be an approachable exploratory arm of the Novato Chamber, aiming to foster positive political action that supports current and future economic prosperity of the North Bay


Seth Shorett

Committee Co-Chair
River City Bank

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Jerry Peters

Committee Co-Chair

Novato Save the Depot

Leslie Biagini-Salazar

Committee Member
AJ PaintMasters

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

Alyssa Galloway

Committee Member
BioMarin Pharmaceutical


Jennifer Goldfinder Novato Chamber GAC Government Advocacy Exposed Novato City of Business Education VOlunteer of the Year

Jennifer Goldfinger

Committee Member
Retired - City of Novato


Chamber Ambassador Novato Sanitary District Sandeep Karkal

Sandeep Karkal

Committee Member
Novato Sanitary


Garen Kazanjian

Committee Member
Garen Kazanjian

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Justin Kudo

Committee Member


Rafelina Maglio Novato Chamber Italian Bank of Marin Business of the year San Rafael Petaluma Tiburon GAC Committee Board Director

Rafelina Maglio

Committee Member
Bank of Marin

Kris Cosca NUSD Superintendent Unified School District GAC Government Affairs Committee

Kris Cosca

Committee Member
Novato Unified School District

Bill Tyler GAC Government Affairs Reprsents Fire Protection District

Bill Tyler

Committee Member
Novato Fire Protection District

Minimum Wage Increase

The Novato Chamber has voted to Support the CALIFORNIA Schedule for Minimum Wage

 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

Order the 2020 Employment Posters & Pamphlets today! 

Be sure to order your Employment Posters today, as well as the packet, booklet and all of the other things that you MUST legally have.

Employment Poster Order Form

Chamber Committees Affect Change

One way to expand your business' exposure is to volunteer on a Chamber committee. Committees are the boots on the ground, it is where the action happens. Play a role in #ShapingTomorrow in our community, learn about the committees you can participate in!

Committed Committees

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

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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Thank you to our President's Circle




Learn how President's Circle and the Novato Chamber's Signature Events can grow your organization

Winning with WIN

WIN is our Wednesday morning networking group and it is beastly! Boasting 25+ regular attendees each week, WIN is a great way to generate referrals and get the low-down on the Novato community! Every Wednesday 7:45 am - 8:45 am.

FREE to attend (and complimentary coffee)

Membership | Shaping Tomorrow!

Membership in the Novato Chamber is more than succeeding; it is knowing someone is representing your interests and concerns on a local, regional and state level. It's knowing that you have a resource and an ally, and it is knowing that we want to see our community succeed together. We proactively Shape Tomorrow, check us out!

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Novato Chamber Policies

Just some general knowledge and conveniences regarding the Chamber's day-to-day operations. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment etc. Know this page, it can help you!

Chamber Policies and Structure

Order New Badges

Order / Re-Order your Novato Chamber badges. Order your committee badge, board/ambassador badges, and now purchase replacement Leadership Novato Alumni Badges and a (new) general Membership Badge. Order form available online!


Did you know that the Festival of Art, Wine & Music is the largest Festival in Marin County? It is put on 100% by the Novato Chamber. Learn how your business can grow with Marin's Largest Festival!

Learn more about NovatoFAWM

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Do You Have Questions? Contact the Novato Chamber Team!

If you have any questions about this page, joining the Novato Chamber, member benefits, Speaking opportunities or your Chamber benefits feel free to contact Carrie Scrimshire (Click Here to Email Carrie Directly)

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