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Nancy Gardner named 2019 Citizen of the Year

Nancy Gardner, former Newport Beach mayor and avid community activist, has been selected as the 2019 Newport Beach Citizen of the Year.

Nancy has actively participated in many civic, resident and business causes. She was the co-chair of the General Plan Advisory Committee, a board member of the Balboa Arts Theater Foundation, worked with the Coastal/Bay Water Quality Citizens Advisory Committee and the Newport Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. She has also been active in the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District and CdM Residents Association. Most recently she was among the leaders in organizing FONBAS (Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter).

Nancy Gardner named Steve and Nancy

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Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and Nancy Gardner

“There couldn’t be a more deserving person. We served together on the city council...she’s No. 1 in my book,” said Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Nancy graduated from Newport Harbor High School, received a B.A. from the University of Southern California and an M.A. from University of California, Irvine. She resides in Corona del Mar and has a daughter, Samantha, who lives in Emerald Bay.

Nancy is part of the first father/daughter combination Citizens of the Year. Her father, Judge Robert Gardner, was named Citizen of the Year in 1968.

Nancy is a contributing columnist to Stu News Newport.

A dinner in Nancy’s honor will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort on Friday, Nov. 15. Details to follow.