Board of Directors

The GRYD Foundation Board of Directors ensures that we have systems and policies in place that support and advance our mission of increasing community resilience to the influence of gangs and increasing opportunities for Los Angeles communities, while also ensuring that we comply with the regulations applicable to 501c3 tax-exempt organizations.  With this in mind, we are striving to build a Board that reflects the diversity and cross-sectional talents of the Los Angeles.

Jada Curtis

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.

Kirk Nascimento

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!

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Natalie Do

Former entrepreneur and business consultant, Natalie’s secret sauce is her ability and commitment to understand complex business and financial matters. Currently as Vice President of Torrey Pines Bank (a division of Western Alliance Bancorporation, NYSE: WAL, $14B 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 highly qualified 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.

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 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.