About Yuri Vanetik

Yuri Vanetik is a private investor, business strategist, and philanthropist that brings many years of experience across a variety of industries. His passion has helped Yuri achieve success in a variety of industries, including finance, real estate, philanthropy, law, and politics. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Vanetik International, LLC, a private equity investment firm specializing in capital formation, acquisitions, dispositions, and marketing, among others. His diverse background has helped Yuri establish himself as a leading professional in today’s workforce.

Yuri Vanetik earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies with a focus on political science, history, and philosophy in 1991 from the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, which would help set him up to further his education by completing further graduate research in political philosophy in 1993. After completing his work at Oxford, Yuri earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings. While at Hastings, he worked as the President of the International Law Society, and was awarded the covested Jurisprudence Award. In 2001, he graduated from the Anderson School at UCLA, where he studied management.

In 2003, Yuri Vanetik attended the Wharton School Aresty Institute of Executive Education’s program, Corporate Governance Essentials for New Directors. He also completed the Security and Exchange Commission Institute’s Reporting and Audit Executive Program in 2005. 

Law Background

Yuri Vanetik began his legal career, practicing corporate law Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, in Pittsburgh, PA.  Subsequently, he served as founding partner of Iger, Koehler & Vanetik, LLP, a law firm specializing in corporate governance, counseling boards of publicly traded companies and representing independent directors, and committees on which they serve. Generally, his legal practice had centered on corporate combinations, and finance. 

Background In Finance

Yuri Vanetik also has extensive experience in finance, specifically in private investments that he has learned through his time with Vanetik International, LLC. In the past, he served as an executive within the financial sector, advising boards and principles of public and private companies on capital formation, marketing, acquisitions and dispositions. His entrepreneurial spirit allowed Yuri to enter the technology space, where he worked in making investments in fixed income products and private equity transactions domestically and abroad.


Yuri Vanetik is also a political coalition builder, acquiring many years of experience across a wide span of projects. A long-time resident of California, Yuri was appointed as a State of California Co-Chair for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Campaign, as well as an All American Vice Chair for the Presidential Campaign.

While serving as the California Governor in 2008, Mr. Schwarzenegger appointed Yuri Vanetik to serve on the California Criminal Justice Council. Today, he remains an active voice in today’s political news, with pieces featured in the Wall Street Journal, California Business Journal, Forbes, Orange County Register, and more.


Yuri Vanetik is also a committed philanthropy, and has fully invested in giving back to the community and the individuals who need it the most over the years. He supports a variety of causes that affect his community, including children’s health, the arts, politics, and education. For Yuri, education is one of his biggest passions. He believes that nothing is as important nor as fulfilling as his passion for education, which cuts across many disciplines.

Throughout the years, Yuri Vanetik has been appointed to numerous boards for a variety of foundations. Some of the board positions that Yuri has been appointed to include the American Red Cross, the Center for Global Change, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and Gen Next Foundation. He joined the board of directors for Gen Next Foundation when they first opened in 2008, and remains on the board today. The foundation creates opportunities and confronts challenges that our future generations will have to face in areas that include education, economic opportunity, and global security.

Most recently, Yuri Vanetik joined the International Executive Council as a Founding Member. The International Executive Council is committed to helping the future leaders to take on today’s social problems by providing a business networking organization for those with a common passion. With so many diverse positions under his belt, Yuri decided to expand his reach, as he wanted to help as many communities as possible that needed it the most.

In order to extend his ability to help others, Yuri Vanetik started the Vanetik Foundation, to create positive change across multiple disciplines. Vanetik also seeks to effect constructive developments in America and around the world by supporting a number of organizations that promote education, health, community stability, global security, and free market initiatives.

In his spare time, Yuri Vanetik enjoys spending time with his spouse, practicing martial arts, and playing golf and tennis. He is also an avid wine connoisseur, and enjoys trying new, unique wines from around the world. Yuri Vanetik is also regularly featured in a variety of well-known publications, including Forbes, Bloomberg Law, California Business Journal, and The Wall Street Journal.

To learn more about who Yuri Vanetik is, visit his website at YuriVanetik.net.