Citizen of the Year

Each year the Citizen of the Year Committee seeks nominations from the community of people who could be selected as Novato Citizen of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year is always a well kept Novato secret until the night of Novato’s Birthday Party. 

Nominate someone for the 2023 Novato Citizen of the Year


Nomination letter – English and Spanish

Guidelines – English and Spanish

Form – English and Spanish

Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year 2022

Regina Bianucci Rus, a Novato resident for three decades and certified public accountant, was named 2022 Citizen of the Year during Novato’s Birthday Party at Marin Country Club. As her husband Bill Rus said, “Her contributions to Novato are like social mortar – actions that help connect and strengthen the city and its residents.”

Countless organizations have benefitted from Bianucci Rus’ donated time, including the Novato Chamber, Novato Human Needs (now North Marin Community Services), the Marin County League of Women Voters, School Fuel, the Presbyterian Church of Novato, the city’s Finance Advisory Commission, the city’s ad hoc Committee on Sustainability, the Paint the Town Red Committee, Novato Theater, Marin Food Bank, and various Scouting troops and PTAs.

Bianucci Rus, who has lived in Marin since she was 4 years old, is also a regular behind the scenes at the annual Fourth of July Buckaroo Breakfast, volunteer on church-sponsored trips to Mexico, youth soccer coach, public speaker, fundraiser for nonprofits of all kinds, and volunteer for one-off gigs. You can even spot her playing clarinet at free concerts provided by the renowned Las Gallinas Sanitary District Non-Marching Band, aka The Sewer Band. A true all-around community asset.