Thompson Recognizes Ronit Rubinoff as 2017 Woman of the Year in Sonoma County

Press Release


Napa, CA – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) formally announced Ronit Rubinoff as this year’s Woman of the Year in Sonoma County. In February, Thompson accepted nominations from across the Fifth Congressional District for his annual awards honoring women who make an impact in our community. After careful consideration, Rubinoff was selected for her work with Sonoma County Legal Aid.

Rep. Thompson presents a certificate of Congressional recognition to Rubinoff.
Rep. Thompson presents a certificate of Congressional recognition to Rubinoff.

“For more than twelve years, Ronit has fought hard to protect the most vulnerable amongst us,” said Thompson. “At Sonoma County Legal Aid, she is champion for victims of abuse and neglect—particularly children. She has spearheaded renter protection programs to fight back against landlords who take advantage of people in need, and has been a voice for those who too often find themselves silence. For all she has done in our community, it is an honor to present Ronit with this award.”

Ronit has been a tireless advocate for affordable housing. She has also increased her outreach to our immigrant community in light of the alarming anti-immigrant rhetoric at the national level.

This is the third annual Woman of the Year Awards. Thompson created the award in honor of Women’s History Month. Each year, one woman from the each of the counties in the Fifth Congressional District is recognized for her contributions to our community. A complete list of this year’s winners follows:

  • Sylvia Villa-Serrano (Contra Costa County)
  • Madelene Lyon (Lake County)
  • Karen Cakebread (Napa County)
  • Dr. Rhonda Renfro (Solano County)
  • Ronit Rubino (Sonoma County)
  • Magrit Mondavi (special posthumous award presented to her daughter, Annie Roberts)