The Novato City Council comprises five at-large elected officials who make policy decisions for the City of Novato. The City Council sets priorities, approves the budget, and addresses citywide issues affecting the Novato community. They are elected at large to overlapping, four-year terms. The Councilmembers annually select the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem (Vice Mayor).
Additionally, the Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and City Commissions. The Mayor, also a member of the Council, signs official documents, chairs the Council meetings, and acts as the official head of the City at public and ceremonial occasions. An ordinance sets Council member salaries (currently $400 per month). Council members also receive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, and may qualify for Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) benefits.
Regular City Council Meetings are held on most Tuesdays and are typically in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue. Always check the Agenda to determine the correct meeting location and time. Council meetings are broadcast live on Channel 27 in Novato (Comcast) and rebroadcast at 7 PM on Wednesdays, Noon on Thursdays, and 7 PM on Saturdays during the week following a meeting. The meetings are also replayed on Fridays at 7 PM on Horizon Cable Channel 70 in Novato during the week following a meeting. City Council meetings may be seen live on the City's website.
Below are the Councilmember names, e-mail addresses and terms.
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Councilmember Name, City of Novato, 922 Machin Avenue, Novato, CA 94945
Mayor Jeanne MacLeamy
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, 1968, University of Michigan; Registered Architect - California 1976 to present.
Community Involvement/Affiliations: Community committees: Paint the Town Red (City annual birthday celebration), Spring Egg Hunt, 4th of July Parade; Tree Lighting and City Hall Bricks.
Previously served six years on Novato Design Review Committee, 2010 ‘Celebrating 50 Years’ Steering Committee, and as a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International.
Professional: 40 years professional experience as an Architect; with a private architectural practice based in Marin County for the last 30 years.
Boards/Committees: MERA (Marin Emergency Radio Authority) Governing Board; NBWA (North Bay Watershed Association); League of Calif. Cities Revenue & Taxation Policy committee. Previously served as Chair, Board of Directors Novato Finance Authority; MCCMC Pension and O.P.E.B. Committee; Chair 901 Sherman Avenue (City Hall) Renovation Subcommittee
Biography: Raised in Terra Linda, Pat is a 39-year Novato resident who lives in Ignacio.
Education: Undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University of California;
Community Involvement/Boards and Committees: Currently, Pat serves on the Board for the Cities, Counties and Schools Partnership - a joint effort between the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties, and California School Boards Association where she served as President twice. Pat also serves on the Environmental Quality Policy Committee for the League of California Cities, Executive Board for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) where she represents the 11 cities throughout Marin County; she also serves on ABAG’s Regional Planning Committee and Administrative Committee.
Pat has previously served on the Novato Planning Commission, Board Member for the Novato Community Hospital and the Marin County Flood Control Board, President of the League of California Cities, Novato Representative on TAM, and Board Member of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART), Public Safety and Revenue and Taxation Policy Committees for the League of California Cities; and, President of the Cities, Counties, and Schools Partnership.
Professional: Pat recently retired after serving over 43 years with the federal government where she served 7 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 36 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an Environmental Manager overseeing environmental-protection programs including the Underground Storage Tanks, Ground Water, Ocean Dumping, Wetlands Protection (Section 404) of the Clean Water Act, San Francisco Bay, and the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System programs.
Councilmember Denise Athas
Biography: Denise is 19-year Novato resident, is married to husband, George, and has two adult sons, Matthew and Joe. Raised in the East Bay, Denise has been a realtor for 24 years, is a broker, and for the last six years, operates her own boutique real estate company located in Downtown Novato—Athas & Associates Real Estate--with her husband.
Recognition: Certificate of Recognition—CA State Assembly (2003), Resolution/Commendation—Marin County Board of Supervisors (2003), Proclamation—City of Novato (2003), Novato Woman of the Year (2009)
Community Involvement & Boards and Committees: Novato Chamber of Commerce President (2002), Novato Chamber of Commerce President-Elect (2001), Novato Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (1999-2005), Novato Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee member, Novato Chamber of Commerce Ambassador for 5 years, Novato Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Novato Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee co-chair, Real Estate Business Development/Image/Marketing Committee member, County of Marin Congestion Management Citizen Advisory Group member, City of Novato Birthday Party Chair, Co-Host of “Grant Avenue…the Future” cable TV show, Novato Community Strategic Plan Oversight Committee member, City of Novato Public Art Selection Committee member, Downtown Novato Business Association Vice President (2006, 2007), Downtown Novato Business Association President (2008, 2009), Novato City Council (2009-present), Novato Mayor (2012), Novato Community Strategic Planning Commission, Novato Leadership Program—2000 graduate, Novato Business Improvement District Marketing Committee, Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth (2009)
Committees currently serving on as a Councilmember/representing the City of Novato: Executive Committee member of the North Bay League of California Cities, Community CDBG Committee member (last 4 years), MEA Board member (last 2 years), MEA Executive Board member, MEA Ad Hoc Contracts Committee member, served on the Analysis of Impediment Ad Hoc Committee for the County of Marin
Professional: Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1989, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified e-Pro 500 Internet Professional, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Residential Construction Certified, Accredited Home Staging Specialist, Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource, National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, Marin Association of Realtors, Residential Sales Council, Northern California CRS Chapter
Councilmember Madeline Kellner
Education: BA, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley; MS, Public Health Nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; MBA, California State University, Sacramento
Community Involvement: Currently-- Board Member, Marin County Workforce Investment Board and Secretary, California Association of Public Authorities for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Member, Blue Star Moms of Marin, Member, American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 179, San Anselmo.
Previously-- Board Member, 10,000 Degrees, Board Member, Homeward Bound of Marin, and President, Society for Professionals in Healthcare.
Professional: Madeline is currently the Executive Director for In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority of Marin. Previously, she was the Principal of Kellner and Associates, the Director of Health Services, for the County of Marin, and the Hospital Administrator, for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa.
Boards and Committees: Currently serves as Board Member, Marin Transit District; Member, Legislative Committee, Marin County Council Members and Mayors; President, North Bay Division of the League of California Cities; Member, Employee Relations Committee, League of California Cities.
Previously served as President, Marin County Council Members and Mayors; Board Member, Transportation Authority of Marin; Board Member, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit; Member, Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, League of California Cities.
Prior to City Council service, served as Member and Chair, City of Novato Planning Commission; Member and Chair, City of Novato Budget Committee; Member and Vice Chair, Novato Community Strategic Plan Committee; Member, Novato Multicultural Commission.
Biography: Eric is a life-long resident of Novato and served as Mayor in 2014. Eric and wife Kiley are proud to call Novato home.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Ministerial Studies, Christian Life International; MBA, Georgia State University
Community Involvement/Affiliations: Former Commissioner, City of Novato Recreation, Cultural, and Community Services; Former Board Member, Novato Financing Authority; Former Board Member, Marin School of the Arts; 2012 ‘Top 40 Under 40’ - North Bay Business Journal; 2007 Leadership Novato Graduate and Ed Stark Award winner
Professional: Eric is the Chief Marketing Officer for Mike's Bikes headquartered in Novato, where he is focused on "getting more people on bikes." Eric manages a talented team and oversees branding, community engagement, e-commerce, and visual merchandizing. Prior to that role, Eric spent 4 years in marketing at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. He has also worked as a youth director for both middle and high school students, served as a small-business consultant, and as a marketing manager for a quick-service restaurant franchise with more than $1 billion in sales.
North Bay Watershed Association
The City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the Novato City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 922 Machin Avenue, Novato, CA 94945. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.php?id=592/
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