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About Us

The Axel Adams Foundation

The Axel Adams Foundation (AAF) was founded by community activist, Axel Adams. AAF strives to impact and empower  the Central Savannah River Area by extending support and outreach to those in the community in which we serve. We envision a community in which youth and adults thrive, realizing their full potential, to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity.

Our mission is to make long-term improvements in education, health and wellness, and to acknowledge socioeconomic issues in the CSRA with hopes of invoking positive, transformational and sustainable change.

About AAF
Meet Our Founder

  Axel D. Adams is employed with Delta Air Lines as a Manager in Supplier Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion where he and his colleagues are responsible for ensuring diverse suppliers have an opportunity to secure contracts for business with Delta.  Axel represents Delta on the Atlanta Aerotropolis Board, SCLC President’s Advisory Board, and NCNW Corporate Advisory Committee. 

Prior to Delta, he had a brief stint as National Director of African American (AA) Outreach for 2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer’s Campaign.  His overall responsibility was to keep the campaign focused on AA voters’ issues, concerns and what is important to them.

Axel’s most noted employment was with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) where the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is the Founder and President.

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Mr. Axel Adams, Founder

  Axel served in many roles such as the Chief Operations Officer managing all bureaus, staff, conferences, and programs.  He also held the positions of Bureau Chief, National Director of Faith Based Initiatives, and National Youth Director. 

Prior to RPC, Axel was with Westinghouse Savannah River Company in Aiken, SC as a supervisor in the Nuclear Materials Processing Division. During his employment there, he was the first African American to receive the Community Service Award.

Axel is a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award received from President Barack Obama and many awards/honors such as The Georgia Assembly passed House Bill 1984 for his dedication to the betterment of the citizens of the State of Georgia; The South Carolina Senate recognized Axel Adams and passed Resolution 1118 for his significant contributions and outstanding achievements in the fields of politics, business, and community outreach.

He is President of the Axel Adams Foundation (, which is committed to making long-term improvements in education, health and wellness, and combating socioeconomic issues in the Central Savannah River Area.  Axel has the honor of being the first African American elected to serve on City Council in New Ellenton South Carolina at the early age of 22 years old, serving two-four-year elected terms on city council.  And he was Acting-Mayor and Police commissioner for three years, and the first African American to serve in this capacity as well. He is the author of a book entitled “The Journey”, a book detailing his life experiences in politics, community service, and social activism.

He hold a Master Degree in Business Administration, and an Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Axel says that God is first and foremost in his life. 

Meet the Board
Denise Brown
Board Member


"Giving back and supporting others is love in action."

Denise is currently employed as a Bookkeeper.


Cassandra Devine


"I believe volunteering offers the chance to give something back to the community with the hope that I can make a difference in someone's life."    


Cassandra is employed with the United Parcel Service Corporate office in Aiken, SC 


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AAF Board Members
Cindy Denise Green

"Giving back is where you give, and then nothing happens. No benefits for you, no recognition, nothing tangible gets sent your way. Your biggest and sole reward is the realization that you’ve made a significant change in someone’s life. And if not 'significant' then a positive change nevertheless."

Cindy is currently employed as an Administrative Lietenant at Plant Votgle. 


William A. "Tony" Price
Media Relations
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Cheryl Bush Jones

Karen Robinson
Vice President

"True kindness is giving to others in need, without expecting reward in return."

Karen is a national leader, speaker, Founder and President of Sisterhood Diary national organization.



"Giving back to me is a feeling , a sense of gratification that you are making a positive change in someone's life to achieve their vision."

Cheryl is employed by Savannah River Site.  She has worked in the Health Physics Department for the past 29 and a half years.


Garrick F. Smith
Board Member

Carlos Cato
Board Member

"Service is my passion. I am a true Southerner who along with, Gamecock football, golf and Sunday dinners, takes tremendous pride in serving others. I believe that you should honor your neighbors. My beautiful wife, Renee and two gorgeous and energetic daughters, Christian and Carly, drive me to be the best that I can be in my profession and in life."

Carlos is a Financial Solutions Advisor for Merrill Lynch in Augusta, Georgia.

"A person that is willing to serve his community in any way possible, in order to ensure that all are treated equally."

Garrick currently works as a Field Engineer.


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