Board of Directors

Susan S. Briggs (Chair), Alameda, California

Daniel Elder, Nashville, TN

Emma Gimon, Berkeley, California

Esther Hewlett, Palo Alto, CA

Sally Hewlett (Vice-Chair), Palo Alto, California

Abhi Singh, San Francisco, California

Tom Steinbach, San Francisco, California

Steve Toben (President), Menlo Park, California

Carrie Zeisler, Los Altos, CA



Patricia Gump, Program Administrator and Corporate Secretary

Patricia Gump is the program administrator and Corporate Secretary of the Flora Family Foundation.  She joined the foundation in 2001 after over twenty years at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she worked in a variety of capacities including grants management and program administration.  Ms. Gump has previously served as a board member of the Las Lomitas Education Fund and the Foundation for the Future, raising funds for local public schools.  She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Annette Rado, Chief Financial Officer

Annette Rado is the chief financial officer of the Flora Family Foundation.  Prior to joining FFF in 2001, Ms. Rado was the chief financial officer of the Career Action Center where she worked for 27 years in various accounting positions. She was previously an elementary school teacher for several years in  public and private schools in the Bay Area.  Ms. Rado is a former treasurer of the National Brain Tumor Foundation board.  Ms. Rado is a graduate of San Jose State University.

Steve Toben, President

Steve Toben is the president of the Flora Family Foundation.  Before joining the FFF staff in 2000, Mr. Toben served for nine years as a program officer at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation where he directed the foundation's programs on conflict resolution and the environment.  He is a former chair of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and a co-founder of the Peace and Security Funders Group.  Mr. Toben began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Sam J. Ervin, III, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and practiced law for eight years.  He is a former member of the Portola Valley Town Council and twice served as mayor.  Mr. Toben is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Yale Law School.