About the City Council
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. View Council Policy Manual (Note: Appendices Sections 6.01 - 6.08 are not posted. To request, please contact the City Clerk.)
Regular City Council Meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month 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. Live captioning and assistive listening options are provided during meetings.
Council meetings are broadcast live online and 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. Visit our Watch Meetings page to view live meetings and past meetings. Starting in January 2018, closed captioning was added for live and recorded City Council Meetings (online and on television).
An ordinance sets Council member salaries (currently $400 per month). Council members also receive medical, dental and life insurance benefits, and may qualify for Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) benefits.
Election & Voter Information
The City of Novato commissions the Marin County Registrar of Voters to provide certain election services. For voter information, election policies and procedures, and other election information visit the Marin County Registrar of Voters' website.
Statements of Economic Interests
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 elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) at 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814 OR the Novato City Clerk' office at 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.
Contact the City Council
You can e-mail the entire City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be forwarded and tracked for response by the City Clerk. For each Councilmember's individual contact information, see below.
Written correspondence can be mailed to:
City of Novato
922 Machin Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
Meet the City Council
Mayor Eric Lucan
Term information: elected November 2011 and re-elected November 2015; served as Mayor in 2014; currently serves as Mayor; Term expires November 2019
Phone: (415) 272-3265
Biography: Eric is a Novato native, a graduate of Novato schools, and a life-long resident of Novato. He started volunteering and giving back to his hometown by working with and mentoring young people. As a youth director, Eric worked with middle school and high school students. He also was a volunteer soccer and volleyball coach. After grad school, Eric returned to Novato and served as a volunteer chaplain with the Novato Police Department and, prior to his election to City Council, was appointed as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner. Eric and wife Kiley and son Noah are proud to call Novato home.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Ministerial Studies, Christian Life International; Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Georgia State University.
Community Involvement/Affiliations: City of Novato Recreation, Cultural, and Community Services Commissioner (2007-2011); Board Member, Novato Financing Authority (2010-2011); Board Member, Marin School of the Arts (2009-2011); 2012 ‘Top 40 Under 40’ - North Bay Business Journal; 2007 Leadership Novato Graduate and Ed Stark Award winner. Board Member, MarinKids (2017-Present).
Boards/Committees: Sonoma/Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), Marin Transit (Alternate), State Route 37 Policy Committee, Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers Homeless Committee.
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.
Mayor Pro Tem Denise Athas
Term Information: Served as Mayor in 2012 and 2017; curently serves as Mayor Pro Tem; Term expires November 2022
Phone: (415) 246-2959 - cell
Biography: Denise is 25-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 30 years, is a broker, and for the last 10 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: Novato Chamber of Commerce President (2002), 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 and 2017), Novato Community Strategic Planning Commission, Novato Leadership Program—2000 graduate, Novato Business Improvement District Marketing Committee, Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth (2009).
Boards/Committees: State League of California Cities Board Director – 2019, League of CA Cities Policy Committee Member for the State – Housing, Community & Economic Development Committee since 2015 to current, President of the North Bay League of California Cities (2016-2017), Community CDBG Committee member, MCE Board member, MCE Executive Board member, served on the Analysis of Impediment Ad Hoc Committee for the County of Marin, currently serving on County Fair Housing Steering Committee, president of MCCMC (Marin Mayors and Council Members Committee) in 2016.
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, Sellers Representative Specialist.
Councilmember Pam Drew
Term information: elected November 2015; served as Mayor Pro Tem 2018; Term expires: November 2019
Phone: (510) 841-9725
Biography: Pam Drew, the daughter of a school superintendent and a public school teacher, grew up just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from college in three years. She wrote briefly for the college newspaper which created in her an enduring interest in communicating good information to the people in a democracy. Rather than choosing to work for Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey, Pam chose the University of California Berkeley for their Ph.D program but failed to win a scholarship there. She married and subsequently became the mother of two sons. Pam has lived in the Bay Area in Berkeley or Marin (she moved to Novato in 2008) her entire adult life, except for nine months in Oregon.
Education: Completed her degree in three years at University of Oklahoma, Phi Beta Kappa in math with a physics minor.
Community Involvement/Affiliations: Pam has campaigned for school board candidates, worked to preserve playgrounds, headed a neighborhood emergency-preparedness group, and was a site-rep for Berkeley Federation of Teachers, Local 1078. She had a column called Eye on the Schools in a local paper. She is a life-long Democrat and is engaged in local politics particularly on issues concerning housing, development, the environment, health, disaster preparedness, and careful municipal budgeting. She co-founded Novato Community Alliance with Jan Hamilton and became a member of Novato's Housing Working Group in 2010. This group forged a highly successful compromise in housing policy which led to the certified Housing Element of 2013. She believes that citizen participation is a cornerstone of democracy and has been working to promote informed participation since her election to the Council in 2015.
Boards/Committees: Marin Emergency Radio Authority Governing Board, North Bay Watershed Association, Marin County Council of Mayors & Councilmembers Legislative Committee (alternate), Association of Bay Area Governments General Assembly Representative (alternate).
Professional: Pam worked for Lawrence Berkeley Labs and then became a public school math teacher for over 25 years.
Councilmember Pat Eklund
Term Information: Served as Mayor in 1996-7, 1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013 and 2015-2016; Term Expires: November 2022
Phone: (415) 883-9116
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;
MS, Public Administration, Golden Gate University; MS, Environmental Management,
University of San Francisco
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 also serves on the Major Crimes Task Force for Marin representing the 10 member cities; Board Member of the Hamilton Restoration Advisory Board; Rotarian; neighborhood leader and active community volunteer for local activities such as Career Days in local schools, Native Sons of the Golden West 4th grade essay contest, and Read Across America at Olive Elementary School. Pat also serves as the alternate to the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM). Pat is also a member of the Novato Historical Guild, Sierra Club, Marin Conservation League, and an honorary member of the Indian Valley Artists.
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 Josh Fryday
Term information: Served as Mayor 2018; first term on Council, elected November 2015; term expires: November 2019
Phone: (415) 890-3085
Biography: Josh served in the military as an Officer in the United States Navy (‘09-‘13) as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). He served overseas in Yokosuka, Japan, where in addition to his legal duties, he augmented the Navy’s 7th Fleet’s Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief efforts during ‘Operation Tomodachi’ following the March 11th earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. He was also stationed in the Office of Military Commissions, working on the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detainee cases, and testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the closing of Guantanamo.
Before serving in the Armed Services, Josh worked as a political advisor and organizer on local, state and national campaigns, including the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections.
Josh is married to Mollye Fryday, an educator, and they have three energetic young boys, Shay, Calvin and Tam.
Education: Josh received his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law, and clerked in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California as well as the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
He also received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors. He later served on the UC Berkeley Alumni Board of Directors (06-09), where he co-founded the Equity Scholarship to increase diversity on the UC Berkeley Campus.
He is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a Term-Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Demos.
Boards/Committees: Marin County Council of Mayors & Councilmembers Legislative Committee, Joint Services Authority Oversight Committee, Community Development Block Grant/HOME Priority Setting (alternate), Marin Clean Energy (alternate).
Professional: In his professional capacity, Josh serves as President of Golden State Opportunity, working to provide financial security to low-income working people throughout California. Prior to his current position, he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for NextGen Climate, a leading national organization focused on climate change and clean energy.
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