Adrienne M. Augustus, M.P.A.
Founder & Board President
Adrienne created A Beautiful Mind Foundation, Inc. in 2019 with the desire to significantly impact how diverse populations view and receive treatment for mental illness. A life-long supporter of charitable organizations including as a fundraiser, event planner and member of the board of directors for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Girl Scouts, a series of personal events profoundly impacted Adrienne’s life and shifted her focus to mental health advocacy.
In 2016 Adrienne made a deliberate professional and personal shift and moved from the corporate, for-profit world to the nonprofit sector and mental health advocacy. She immediately began volunteering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southern Nevada affiliate and was quickly hired to work for NAMI Nevada. In 2018 she moved east where she worked at the NAMI national office in Arlington, VA.
Celebrating 2017 Mental Health Month on the Las Vegas strip.
Adrienne’s mental health advocacy work as a person with lived experience includes television and radio interviews in Las Vegas, and presentations as a featured speaker at the NAMI Nevada annual conference and at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. annual conference in Las Vegas. She was also instrumental in creating and executing a Mental Health Month fundraising and publicity event at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on the Las Vegas strip.
With an early career as an Emmy-nominated investigative television news journalist in North Carolina and Nevada, Adrienne transitioned to corporate communications and public relations, first working for an international gaming corporation and later as a senior account executive at a Las Vegas PR agency. She holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Public Administration with a focus in nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Prior to her work as a mental health advocate Adrienne received recognitions including multiple Public Relations Society of America accolades and a Volunteer of the Year award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Nevada.
Adrienne resides in Prince George's County, Maryland.