In collaboration with our dedicated members and volunteers, the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden staff and board of directors are committed to running programs that will delight, educate, and inspire the over 1 million people who visit the U.S. Botanic Garden every year.

Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden Staff

Claire Alrich, Director of Programs and Operations

Board of Directors

Beth Jewett, Board Chair

Lesley Duncan, Vice Chair


Collette Bruce

Sally Chapoton

Anne Copenhaver

Barbara L. Franklin

Carol Lascaris

John D. Mitchell

Ari Novy

Holly Shimizu

Joanne Wilson

Betsy Burke

Tammie Collins

Becky Dye

Gail Jacobs

Morven McLean

Pamela Murphy

Marianne Roos

Stephen Ward


National Garden Club Liaison

Jane Oliver Smith

Honorary Board Members


Beryl Bentsen

Mary Johnston

Cynthia R. Helms

Carol Laxalt