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 building a Board that can help sustain this important work and that reflects the diversity and cross-sectional talents of Los Angeles.

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 and Secretary

Daniel Gilbert is an Insurance Producer with Parq Advisors, an elite insurance and estate planning firm, where he specializes in life and disability insurance for the affluent marketplace.  Daniel designs, develops and implements sophisticated strategies to meet clients’ financial needs. His clients range from technology innovators, professional athletes and entertainers to trust companies and family offices.  Prior to Parq Advisors, Daniel worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Daniel graduated from University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Daniel is passionate about youth development and all things sports related.

Jada Curtis photo 2018

Jada Curtis – Board member and Chief Financial Officer

Jada Curtis is a Regional Investigation Manager with TJX Companies, Inc..  In 22 short years Jada has held various Loss Prevention positions.  Before starting her LP career she received her BS in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI where she was born and raised.   She spent most of her career at Target taking on different LP roles across the country. Jada has a proven ability to motivate, lead and influence high-impact teams and business partners.  With an extensive knowledge in creating and managing budgets in excess of $9 million and overseeing up to 130 subordinates. The most exciting and rewarding part of her career is now with TJX.  In addition to locking up criminals at work she focuses a great deal of her time working with at-risk youth. She has held board memberships with Homeland Security, National Urban League and LA LEAPS while working on several projects with LPRC.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Jake Gabelman – Board member

Jake Gabelman currently is an account manager with Stryker dedicated to over 35 hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange County.  Working with hospital leadership and staff, Jake helps eliminate waste and provide sustainable solutions for his accounts by reprocessing, re-manufacturing and recycling single-use medical devices.

Jake studied Sustainability and Arizona State University and currently lives in Los Angeles.  Jake actively volunteers and spends time finding ways to give back to his community. When Jake isn’t working, you can find him either playing golf, basketball, flag football or exploring Southern California’s beaches and national parks.

Riley Perez

Riley Perez – Board member

Riley Perez is a writer and producer who works in film and television.

In the late 90’s Riley combined his background in boxing and formed an online gaming company that bridged the then new frontiers of the online marketplace of business and professional sports.

Riley’s understanding of teamwork has followed him to each new project.

David Stoops – Board member

Welcome to one of the newest members of The GRYD Foundation Board of Directors…David Stoops.  David is a business attorney at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP. David’s practice focuses on all aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, public and private debt finance, and general corporate governance matters for both public and private companies.  The son of a public high school teacher and police officer, David believes deeply in the profound and positive effects of education and community development.  David graduated from UCLA School of Law with specializations in Law & Philosophy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, and Taxation. When not spending time with his wife, daughter, and son, David enjoys playing the drums or reading anything that is not a contract.

Henry Whitehead – Board Member

Welcome to one of the newest GRYD Foundation Board members…Henry Whitehead.  Henry is an attorney with the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP.  For the past decade, Henry has practiced as a litigator and trial lawyer, representing individuals and companies in business disputes in California state and federal courts.  He also advises entrepreneurs and startup companies with their corporate law needs.  Henry focuses on getting to the heart of his clients’ legal problems and finding practical solutions.

Henry is a Los Angeles native and graduate of Dartmouth College and the UCLA School of Law.  He currently lives in Glendale with his wife Jennifer and they spend their weekends treating their dog Pax to hikes in the San Gabriel mountains.

Brian Casillas – Board Member

Welcome to one of the newest GRYD Foundation Board Members…Brian Casillas.  Brian is an attorney with the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP.  Brian assists clients in a wide variety of labor and employment matters.  Before joining the team at Fox Rothschild, Brian was an associate in the Los Angeles office of a national law firm. He also served as a law clerk at a criminal and civil litigation boutique firm in Los Angeles. During law school, Brian served as Chief Note and Comment Editor of the Loyola Law School Entertainment Law Review, competed in the Uvaldo Herrera Hispanic National Moot Court Competition and analyzed constitutional law issues as a research assistant. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Robert Kwan of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California and handled preliminary hearings as a certified law clerk in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Outside of the office, Brian has a love of Los Angeles sports teams and a passion for architecture, aviation and military history.

Gone Fishing!

We thank Kirk Nascimento for his dedicated service as a GRYD Foundation Board Member and Secretary.

Adrienne N. Newsom, Esq. – President & Executive Director

Adrienne Newsom serves as President & Executive Director 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 and people who 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 is a core implementation partner for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, Gang Reduction & Youth Development (Mayor’s GRYD Office.) The GRYD Office is comprised of capable, dedicated public servants who direct the City’s coordinated strategy across 23 gang-impacted zones to increase community resilience to the influence of gang violence while promoting peace and youth development. The GRYD Foundation works collaboratively with the City toward two objectives: to reduce violence and to strengthen individuals, families, and neighborhoods.