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.

In fall 2020, she accepted the newly created position of Media Relations/Mental Health Programs Manager for the City of Hyattsville Police Department. In an era of police reform, she is working to bring greater transparency to local policing, as well as leading the effort to create a mental health crisis response program that supports both the mental wellness of the community and the officers at the department.

Adrienne’s mental health advocacy work as a person with lived experience includes television, radio, and online interviews, 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. She currently lives in Prince George's County, MD.