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Leadership Transition

The Trustees of the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust announce the retirement of the Trust's CEO and the search for the new Executive Director.


June 30, 2020

A Message From Our CEO

To our grantees, friends, and colleagues:

With gratitude, I wish to share that I will be retiring from my role as CEO of the Trust later this year. Having served the Trust since its founding in 1989, for the last 15 years as its Administrator and CEO, I’ve determined that the time is right to make this change, for me, as well as for the Trust. I look forward to having more time to devote to my family and other interests.

It has been and remains a privilege to be trusted with the responsibility to steward the generosity of May and Stanley Smith. I am fortunate to have been supported over the years by a highly committed and knowledgeable team. I’ve treasured the opportunity to learn from our grantee partners and witness their dedication and success in supporting the Trust’s focus populations.

The Trustees are engaged in a search for my successor, and I am confident that the search will result in an exceptional new Executive Director. I will continue in my position as CEO until the new leader has been onboarded. I look forward to partnering with the new Executive Director, as I will remain a Trustee, and to continued involvement with the Trust from a different perspective.

Ruth M. Collins, CEO/Trustee

A Message From Our Trustees

With deep appreciation for her 15 years of leadership, the Trustees announce that Ruth Collins will be retiring as CEO; Ruth will continue to serve as a Trustee, as she has since 2008.

Ruth has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her in this role, we are thankful to have her continued partnership on the board. Ruth has worked with the Trust for over 30 years and has guided its growth for the past 15, which has included many significant accomplishments, such as:

  • Developing the Trust’s first strategic plan and defining its program areas
  • Tripling the Trust’s annual grantmaking
  • Increasing staff size from one administrator to eight talented experts
  • Publishing a biography of May and Stanley Smith

The Trustees have begun a search for an exceptionally qualified new Executive Director and anticipate completing the transition by the end of the year. We have engaged the search firm m/Oppenheim to assist us. Ruth will remain involved in the Trust’s daily operations until we hire a new leader and will help facilitate a smooth transition.

David Cuneo, Trustee Daniel Piombo, Trustee