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Alumni Spotlight: A Call to Civic Engagement
by Sam Yebri '99

"When the Alumni Office asked me what advice I would give to my younger self, I would say to pursue every opportunity [at Brentwood] however uncomfortable and build friendships with every classmate however different their background. Those vibrant experiences and meaningful relationships will serve you well as you move through life."

Sam’s journey towards public service began nearly 40 years ago. When he was a year old, Sam and his parents re-settled in Westwood as refugees from Iran. After attending Fairburn Avenue Elementary School, Sam attended Brentwood, where he was on the football and track teams, was an editor of “Amaranth,” and ran (unsuccessfully) for Class Prefect. After graduating from Yale University and USC Law School, Sam clerked for a federal judge and worked at two major international law firms. In 2010, he partnered with a fellow Brentwood alum, Alex Merino ’98, to found Merino Yebri LLP, a litigation firm specializing in employment, real estate, and business litigation. 

Outside of the office, Sam is a community leader championing the rights of workers, tenants, refugees, and the developmentally disabled and an activist in the Jewish community. Sam has served on the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Jewish Community Foundation, ETTA, and the Anti-Defamation League.

From 2010 to 2013, Sam served Los Angeles as a Commissioner on the Civil Service Commission, overseeing the Personnel Department for the City of Los Angeles. Sam also served on Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s Transition Team and Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Westwood Public Library.  Sam and his wife Leah live in Westwood with their four children under the age of 8. 

Sam recently announced his candidacy for Los Angeles City Council to represent the Fifth Council District, which includes the communities of Bel Air, Beverlywood, Century City, Cheviot Hills, Encino, Fairfax, Melrose, Palms, Pico-Robertson, Rancho Park, and Westwood. To learn more about Sam and his campaign, please visit

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