Board of Directors

The CityTrees Board of Directors is comprised of members of the community who volunteer their time to ensure the CityTrees planting and pruning programs run smoothly.
(Not pictured: Nancy Radcliffe (Co-Vice President), Jess Running (Co-Vice President), Jack Stephens, Ellen Wilkinson (Events), Daniel Beeder, Marjory Matic, Gwen Minor, Autumn Quinn, Jane Taylor) 


Simms Duncan serves as the President of CityTrees' Board of Directors and leads CityTrees’ Pruning and Young Tree Care program.  Simms has served on the CityTrees' Board since 2012, and he volunteered with CityTrees for 5 years before that.  In addition to CityTrees, Simms  serves on the Board of Port Commissioners for the Port of Redwood City.  In his professional life, Simms is a finance executive in the solar energy industry.  Simms has lived in the Mount Carmel neighborhood of Redwood City since 1999.  He is married and has 2 sons.


Tom Cronin has lived in Redwood City for over 35 years and has been a volunteer and board member of CityTrees since 2002. He is currently the chair of the Education Committee and a former President and Vice President of the board. His professional life has included 20+ years in the tech sector, 10 years in the non-profit world and now he is semi-retired and runs a small gardening business. In addition to CityTrees, he volunteers with the Incredible Edible group and helps install community gardens and orchards. His 3 daughters have all had an opportunity to volunteer at plantings with CityTrees.

Member at Large

A native of Colorado, Georgi LaBerge has lived in Redwood City for nearly 60 years. Her professional career includes serving as executive director of the San Mateo County Community College Foundation and the Redwood City Library Foundation. Georgi was elected to the Redwood City Council in 1986, serving
for three terms, two years as mayor. A longtime volunteer, she currently is involved with human trafficking awareness and Earth sustainability. She and her husband, Warren Dale, have received numerous awards for their volunteer work.


David Grabel serves as the CityTrees Treasurer.  David has been volunteering with CityTrees for 3 years and has been on the Board of Directors for one year.  A 19-year resident of Redwood City, David also volunteers on the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury.  His daughter Elana (which means "tree" in Hebrew!) has been known to occasionally show up at Prune and Pubs.

Member at Large

Filip Crnogorac is a recent addition to the CityTrees' Board of Directors. Coming from Canada via Stanford, his first civic involvement was a successful effort in amending Redwood City ordinance to allow beekeeping. Filip is excited to plant native species that support bee colony health, as well as drought tolerant trees that will contribute to the city's urban forest for generations to come. Resident of Palm Park neighborhood, Filip is excited to help raise community interest in planting, caring for, and enjoying the city's natural heritage.

Member at Large

Karen Fine has lived in Redwood City since 1992, when she began a third career as an elementary school teacher with the Redwood City School District.  Always an activist for peace, justice and the environment, Karen joined CityTrees in 2001 and has been involved continuously except for two years (2014-2016) when she was in the Peace Corps in rural South Africa.  As well as CityTrees, Karen (now retired) volunteers with Habitat for Humanity at the Restore, Peninsula Food Runners and Second Harvest Food Bank.