Adrienne N. Newsom

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-five years of experience with tax-exempt organizations, including serving as general counsel, chief operating 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.

Board of Directors

The GRYD Foundation Board of Directors is passionate about our mission and passionate about good governance. 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
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Daniel Kent Gilbert

Board member and Secretary
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Jada Curtis

Board member and Chief Financial Officer
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Jake Gabelman

Board member
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Riley Perez

Board member
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David Stoops

Board member
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Henry Whitehead

Board Member
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Brian Casillas

Board Member
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Pablo Estrada

Board member
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​Public / Private Partnership

The GRYD Foundation is a core implementation partner with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, Gang Reduction & Youth Development (Mayor’s GRYD Office) regarding Summer Night Lights and Fall Friday Nights. Together, and with philanthropic supporters, we form a powerful public/private partnership designed to expand City of Los Angeles GRYD services and impact beyond what the City could deliver on its own via public dollars — this includes the City’s Summer Night Lights (SNL) and Fall Friday Nights (FFN) programming and the addition of our Youth Squad 360 initiative. The Mayor’s GRYD Office is comprised of capable, dedicated public servants who direct the City’s coordinated strategy across 23 City-designated Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) Zones, designated as such due to high rates of gang-related violence and high numbers of youth susceptible to gang influence due to high rates of poverty and limited access to jobs and resources — exacerbated by COVID-19. Together, we address violence, food insecurity and health/wellness disparities in economically marginalized communities across the City of Los Angeles.