Governance and Leadership

The GRYD Foundation Board of Directors is passionate about our mission and passionate about good governance.  With that in mind, we are striving to build a Board that can help sustain this important work, and that reflects the diversity and cross-sectional talents of Los Angeles.

Jada Curtis – Board member and Chief Financial Officer

Jada Curtis  has over twenty years experience in asset protection and loss prevention.  Jada currently is the District Loss Prevention Manager, TJ Maxx.  She is an accomplished loss prevention / assets protection leader with extensive knowledge in creating and managing budgets in excess of $9 million and overseeing subordinates of five to 130 Team Members.

Jada has a proven ability to motivate, lead and influence high-impact teams and business partners. Jada has solid operations experience with an intuitive ability to quickly identify root causes to problems and take action while engaging all stakeholders in the solution.

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Natalie Do – Board member and Board Chair

Currently as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager of Torrey Pines Bank (a division of Western Alliance Bancorporation, NYSE: WAL, $20B total assets), Natalie specializes in banking for middle market companies, professional service firms, non-profit organizations and family offices.   Her clients appreciate the financial guidance she provides as a seasoned banker and a Certified Financial Planner®. Prior to banking Natalie worked in commercial real estate, management consulting and IT in Australia, China, Japan and SE Asia. Having lived and worked in eight countries, Natalie is fluent in four languages and a world traveler.

Natalie is the pioneer in organizing the annual Los Angeles Financial Planning Day, part of a national initiatives.  Financial Planning Day features CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals, all volunteering their time and expertise to provide free, no strings attached one-on-one counseling and classroom-style educational presentations addressing key personal finance topics.  In the past 20+ years she has been a volunteer for HOPE Worldwide serving in some of the poorest areas of the world.  HOPE Worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy.  She is also board member and chief financial officer of JettStream, a non-profit that she and her 11 yr old son co-founded to provide resources and programming designed to equip and inspire youth to pursue a life-long love of music for under-resourced communities.

Daniel Kent Gilbert – Board member

Welcome to the newest member of The GRYD Foundation Board of Directors…Daniel Glibert of Parq Advisors, an elite independent insurance and estate planning firm. Please check back soon for more about Daniel.

Kirk Nascimento – Board member and Secretary

Kirk Nascimento is an educator.  Kirk currently serves as Operations Manager, Los Angeles Unified School District.  From 2011 – 2015 he served as the Principal of Calvert Charter for Enriched Studies in Woodland Hills, CA (an elementary school focused on producing students who are life-long learners, literate, culturally sensitive, morally responsible, and prepared to be leaders of the future.) Kirk graduated from and lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and teen aged son and daughter, who happen to be twins.  When he’s not spending time with his family, Kirk’s gone fishing!

Adrienne N. Newsom, Esq. – President & Chief Operating Officer

Adrienne Newsom serves as President & Chief Operating Officer of The GRYD Foundation in its mission of creating safer, healthier communities in Los Angeles. Adrienne has over twenty years of legal and operations experience with tax-exempt organizations, including serving as an officer, director, program leader, and volunteer.  Adrienne is passionate about helping organizations that are doing their part to improve our community and to make a difference in the lives of those in need.  A native of Chicago, Adrienne moved to Los Angeles for law school in 1990; graduated from UCLA School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1993.

Public / private partnership

The GRYD Foundation collaborates with the City of Los Angeles in a shared mission to increase community resilience to gang influence while creating jobs and bringing programming and resources to communities in need.  The GRYD Foundation specifically works with the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety (Gang Reduction & Youth Development), an Office that is comprised of capable, dedicated public servants, including some who have been involved with the Summer Night Lights program since its inception.