Meet the PSV Board

Lisa Johnson


Private School Village 

Lisa Johnson organized the first social gathering of Black/African-American families in private/independent schools in August 2018. Because of its immediate success, she founded the organization as a 501(c)3 in September 2018.

Prior to Private School Village (PSV), Lisa served as an interim senior administrator at Campbell Hall School and led the search for a permanent Director of Advancement. Most recently, Lisa co-created the Campbell Hall Elementary Diversity and Inclusion Fund (EDIF), a parent-led and supported program designed to immediately increase racial diversity in the elementary school. During this time, she also volunteered or consulted for several nonprofits focused on health, education, children and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also taught graduate students about nonprofit public relations as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California for four years. 

A seasoned professional with 20 years of for- and non-profit experience, Lisa served as senior vice president of communications and marketing for the American Cancer Society (ACS) for six years in New York City. While there she managed a regionally-dispersed staff of 20 and championed award-winning strategies for engaging donors and volunteers, and launched some of the organizations first e-fundraising tools. Lisa co-chaired an executive level team to create the organization’s first multi-year Diversity & Disparity Plan, contributed to the success of a $50 million capital campaign to build an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, and through media advocacy, Lisa helped get clean indoor air laws passed in New York and New Jersey which paved the way for subsequent legislation in other states. At ACS, Lisa thrived at finding solutions to unique challenges, introduced new revenue streams, and helped the organization think about, and plan for, emergent trends affecting the fight against cancer. 


Prior to her stint with ACS, Lisa worked for several organizations including Ketchum Public Relations, Black Entertainment Television, and on behalf of the for-and non-profit organizations and the special interests of Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

A graduate of a K-12 independent school in Atlanta, Ga, The Westminster Schools, Lisa matriculated from the University of Virginia where she earned a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies. She recently earned a certificate from Harvard Business School Online in Family Engagement in Education. She is a community board member for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, sat on the Taproot Foundation NYC inaugural board and served on the advisory board of Girls, Inc. in Harlem. Lisa now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Andre, and two children, Gigi and Avery, who attend a local private school.

Tarik Brooks

Office of the Chairman

Combs Enterprises

As Vice President, Office of the Chairman of Combs Enterprises, Tarik A. Brooks oversees the team that directly supports Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs, and serves as the primary interface across the Combs Enterprises companies and new business opportunities. He was asked to play this role by Mr. Combs because of his extensive experience building companies in dynamic environments in the US and abroad, his reputation for developing hard driving teams, and his ability to lead initiatives from concept to operational launch and growth.

Prior to Combs Enterprises, Tarik was the COO for the Account Management and Trading department at Bridgewater Associates, a global investment management firm with approximately $160 billion under management. He was responsible for building and managing the Program Management Office, overseeing the department budgets and leading long-term planning. He was previously the Executive Vice President at RLJ Companies, a portfolio of companies led by investor Robert L. Johnson, where he led the development of several businesses including several gaming ventures in the Caribbean and the completion of RLJ Kendeja, a resort hotel in Monrovia, Liberia.

Throughout his career, Tarik has represented companies in a variety of transactions, including acquisitions and capital raises, led major strategic initiatives and oversaw compliance in highly regulated industries.

Tarik is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School. He serves on the Development Committee of the George Washington Carver Center in Norwalk, CT and the Advisory Board of the Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) in New Haven, CT. He is also a member of the 100 Black Men of Stamford, CT and enjoys traveling, reading and mentoring young adults.

Tarik lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children. Tarik’s son, Jaaz attends The Pilgrim School and daughter, Selah is in pre-school.

Sarah Huss

Director of Human Development & Parent Education

Campbell Hall

Sarah Huss, Director of Human Development and Parent Education at Campbell Hall, teaches Human Development courses to students in grades K – 12. Among the many courses she has developed and taught are Human Sexuality, Drug Education, Relationships and Technology, Gender Dynamics and Peer Mentoring. She has also been trained by the Ojai Foundation and Council in Schools to facilitate Council circles, and has done so with students, parents and faculty.

Sarah directs a robust parent education program that links the school community to innovative thinkers in the fields of parenting, mental health, social justice and spiritual development. She facilitates parent groups at all grade levels on current issues, including diversity, equity, and healthy development. She also provides program and curricular consulting to LA area schools.

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science at Northwestern University in Education and Social Policy. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She lives in Van Nuys, CA with her 12-year old son.

Deepa Janha

Vice President of Asset Management
CenterCal Properties

Deepa Janha currently serves as Vice President of Asset Management and CenterCal Properties. She was previously the Principal of Hidden Park Advisors, a consulting company started with her husband, Myorr Janha, that offers a wealth of experience and insight across a broad range of industries and services including real estate investment management, education, non-profit, entertainment and technology.

Prior to that, Deepa held a senior role with Equity One, Inc. She and her team were primarily responsible for overall asset management of over 50 retail properties. Prior to relocating to New York from Boston, Deepa spent 12 years at AEW Capital Management, LP., a global real estate investment firm with approximately $73 billion of assets under management. At AEW, she spent time in various departments. Prior to AEW, she was a consultant at Goldman Sachs in their Private Wealth Investment Management Group.

Beyond her work at Hidden Park Advisors, Deepa is a passionate philanthropist. Her community outreach includes being a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and former Founder and President of Girls Gaining Momentum. Deepa’s passion around financial empowerment, literacy and education is apparent with the launch of her companies, College Bound Coaching and Financial Destiny. As a staunch promoter of philanthropy, she is a board and development committee member for the DJ Dream Fund, a non-profit organization. Deepa is an active member of the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC) and
founding member of the African-American Real Estate Professionals New England Chapter.

Deepa earned her B.A. from University of Massachusetts – Amherst, M.B.A. from Northeastern University, and Harvard
University’s only executive development and leadership program in real estate, AMDP. Deepa’s daughter attends International School of Los Angeles – Lycée International.


Cindy Virani

Marketing, Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Cindy Virani brings fifteen years of experience in the apparel industry to the PSV team. As a pivotal part of the efforts behind world-renowned brands Von Dutch, Ed Hardy, Affliction, and Christian Audigier, Cindy honed her skills as a dynamic, creative and highly motivated brand professional. She has a proven record of generating and building relationships, managing manufacturing projects from concept to completion, designing and executing outside-the-box marketing strategies, and successfully driving sales. Many years in the fast-paced world of fashion have left her skilled in integrating complex moving parts, demonstrating exceptional communication, and making critical decisions during challenges…the tools needed to be the entrepreneur she is today.
As an LA native from a multicultural family, Cindy is the product of a diverse LAUSD public school education. Having seen the diminishing budgets and opportunities in the public school system, she chooses to send her son Damon to Sierra Canyon School, an independent school that affords him every opportunity while also sharing Cindy’s belief that diversity in every child’s educational environment is an integral component in shaping well-rounded, egalitarian citizens of the future.   

Derrick Williamson

6th Grade Teacher

The Carlthorp School

Derrick was born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area before relocating to Washington, D.C., to attend Howard University. At Howard, he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and earned his master's degree in African-American Studies from UCLA. Derrick's career in education began 10 years ago as a teaching assistant at Lou Dantzler elementary in south Los Angeles. Soon after, he earned his multiple-subject teaching credential and began working as an intervention teacher at KIPP Empower Academy in south Los Angeles. While working at Empower, Derrick taught grades K (one year), 1st (three years) and 4th (three years). Derrick currently teaches 6th grade at Carlthorp School. Derrick’s two children, Harlem and Cain, attend Carlthorp School.

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