Welcome YPI’s new board chair and four new members

We’re happy to congratulate YPI’s new Board Chair, Ari Lanin, and welcome four new Board members: Richard Foos, Yasmine Delawari Johnson, Shari Leinwand, and Amit Verma.


Our children are the most precious natural resource we have. Every day, cycles of poverty leave them stripped of the opportunity to improve their own lives. For every incredible story of a child who “beats the odds,” there are innumerable stories of children who don’t. That statistical reality exists, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum.

Ari Lanin

Ari Lanin is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Century City office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Private Equity practice group. He advises companies, private equity firms and investment banks across a wide range of industries, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and corporate governance.

What’s unique about YPI is the manner in which it works to break the cycle by embracing communities. It’s a wraparound approach, an everything approach. And the difference between having access to these services or not can mean the difference between breaking the cycle or reliving it. I’m pleased to serve on the board of this impactful organization and look forward to working with my colleagues to promote and advance YPI’s important work.

Richard Foos

Richard Foos has been in the entertainment business for more than 45 years, starting with a small record store named Rhino Records, which he eventually grew into an audio label with well over $100 million in annual revenue. He and his partner, Harold Bronson, sold Rhino to Time Warner in 1998. In 2003, Richard and his partners started a new company, Shout! Factory. Shout! specializes in creating unique products comprised of classic, contemporary, and cult TV series and feature films, animation, live music, comedy specials, and documentaries. Richard serves as chairman emeritus for Little Kids Rock and is also on the boards of The Nation Institute, Government Accountability Project, and other nonprofits that make a strong commitment to social progress.


Yasmine Delawari Johnson

Born in Los Angeles, Yasmine Delawari Johnson runs a busy household with four children ranging from preschool to college. Yasmine is co-president and co-founder of the Alliance of Moms, a membership-based auxiliary group that supports the work of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, for which she is also on the board. Yasmine was the Alliance’s 2015 National Champions for Children honoree, a St. Anne’s 2016 Angel Award recipient, and was named a game-changer in Los Angeles Magazine’s L.A. Woman feature. Yasmine holds a degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.She and her husband Matt Johnson are active philanthropists and political activists.


Shari Leinwand

Shari Leinwand is a retired partner of Gibson Dunn and was a member of the firm’s tax/personal planning department, specializing in estate, gift and income tax planning, probate and trust administration, and charitable giving and tax-exempt organizations. Ms. Leinwand has served on the boards of various philanthropic organizations, both private foundations and public charities, currently including ACLU Foundation of Southern California (chair), Human Rights Watch Los Angeles Committee (former co-chair; also member); Human Rights Watch’s audit committee and trustee of HRW Japan; Stone Soup Child Care Programs (chair, audit committee); the Kolb Foundation; Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation; and the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.


Amit Verma

Amit Verma is a principal in PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Market & Acquisitions practice. He leads the design-to-cost/teardown/value engineering capability. He has more than 18 years of experience in operations and supply chain, helping clients achieve rapid scale, improve gross margin, and establish cost and tax optimal business operations. His industry experience spans the consumer electronics, semiconductor, and network equipment industries.

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