Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust


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Trustees

Ruth Collins

Administrator
Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

Thomas Daniel, Ph.D.

Curator of Botany, Emeritus
California Academy of Sciences

Bruce Raabe

President
Relevant Wealth Advisors

Staff

Ruth Collins

Ruth Collins

Administrator

Ruth is a Trustee of the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, and its Administrator. Ruth has worked with the Trust since 1989, having experienced all aspects of its operations, as well as with three other trusts established by the Smiths. Her company, AdminiTrust LLC, provides administrative services to the Trust and other private and charitable entities. Ms. Collins is a trustee of the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust and serves on the Alumni Council for San Domenico School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Santa Clara University and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

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Thomas Daniel, Ph.D.

Thomas Daniel, Ph.D.

Grants Director

Tom is a Trustee of the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, and has been its Grants Director since 2003. His background and research interests are in systematic and evolutionary botany with a focus on field studies in deserts and tropical forests. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications in the plant sciences. Tom has worked with numerous botanical gardens (e.g., identifying, growing, and introducing into cultivation potentially ornamental plants) throughout his career at Arizona State University and the California Academy of Sciences, where he is currently Curator Emeritus of Botany. Tom received a Bachelor’s degree in Botany from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Michigan.

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​Dan Gaff

​Dan Gaff

Director of Grants Management

Dan joined the Trust in 2014 and has worked in domestic and international philanthropy and grantmaking since 2006. In recent years he has served in various leadership roles with the Northern California chapter of PEAK Grantmaking (formerly the Grants Managers Network) and was a co-chair of the 2018 PEAK Grantmaking national conference. Dan received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary, and a Master’s degree in Music History from the University of Virginia.

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​Patricia Rodgers

​Patricia Rodgers

Grants Associate

Patricia, who returned to the Trust in 2018, has over 25 years of administrative support experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to positions in membership services and development at both small and large nonprofit organizations, she has also been an administrative assistant at several Bay Area universities, including UC Berkeley, UCSF, San Francisco State University, and the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management. She holds a Master’s degree in English from Boston University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and French from UC Davis.

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June

June

Greeter / Director of Security

Prior to joining the Trust in 2017, June's life was something of a mystery. June brings expertise in sunny spot napping, notifying staff when meetings have gone far too long, and, contrary to stereotype, welcoming the mailman.

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