Brian Femminella

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Brian Femminella
Brian Femminella image.JPG
Born (2000-01-21) January 21, 2000 (age 22)
Manhasset, NY
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
  • Entrepreneur
  • Chief Executive Officer of SoundMind
  • Current United States Army Reservist
Years active2016 - present
  • SoundMind Corporation
  • United States Army
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
  • Glenn Femminella (father)
  • Tracey Femminella (mother)

Brian Femminella (born 31 Jan 2000) is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, political activist, and a member of the United States Army.[1] He is the founder and CEO of SoundMind, a mental health tech-based research and development company specializing in mobile app technologies.[2]

Femminella specializes in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, team management, and politics. He has over five years of experience in the political, military, technological, and research fields. Femminella is recognized for his groundbreaking research in the field of mental health.[3][4]

Femminella advocates for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and has actively participated in several initiatives. He has been featured in several media outlets including NY Weekly, The Chicago Journal, US Insider, Daily Trojan, and several podcast shows.[5]

Early life and education

Femminella was born on January 31st, 2000, and grew up in Long Island, NY. He was raised by both of his parents, Glenn and Tracey, who supported him throughout his early career as a soldier and entrepreneur.

In 2018, Femminella enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he is currently pursuing a double bachelor’s degree in cyber security and political science for the past three years. During his time at USC, Femminella worked part-time on the Virtual Reality & Artificial Intelligence Team at USC Institute for Creative Technologies.


Femminella started his career while he was still pursuing his high school education. In 2016,he attended a three month United Nations program in NY . During this time, Femminella was a part of the team that developed multiple solutions for the sustainable development goals of 2030.[6]

In 2017, he joined the United States Army Reserves to continue his passion for public service and intelligence at Fort Jackson, SC. Since then he has assumed several roles including Cadet Command Assistant at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Cyber Security and Information Systems Intern at the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) in White Sands, NM.[7][8]

Within a few years of this commitment, Femminella has forged long-lasting relationships with high-profile federal officials, commanding officers, and other political members through his travels with his occupation. He has also worked alongside the Cyber Security & Installation Information Systems office as an analyst (WSMR). Currently, he is enrolled in the ROTC program at the USC Trojan Battalion to become a JAG officer in the United States Army.

In 2019, Femminella started his work as a political activist.[9] He initiated two local campaigns in the Los Angeles Area to fight for climate advocacy and social justice. This propelled him to assume a greater role in politics in 2020, where he joined Congress at the Office of the Majority Whip to work on technology legislation and other important issues. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the National Collegiate Veteran & Military Affairs Committee in one of the branches of the DNC.

In 2020, Femminella Joined USC ICT, a major research institute to continue his studies on music therapy and trauma. He started by working as an REU science and engineering researcher, which was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on the Medical Virtual Reality Technologies Team. Later he got a job there on their Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Team, which allowed him to find his niche for both Machine Learning and public service.[10]

In 2020, Femminella founded SoundMind, a mental health tech-based research and development company specializing in mobile app technologies to create a personalized music therapy experience tailored for those struggling with trauma, PTSD, depression, and/or anxiety through curated soundscapes, brain exercises, and more.[11]


  • National Collegiate Research Scholar & Plenary Speaker Award (Granted by Harvard University)
  • 2x Recipient of the USC's Provost Research Fellowship on his studies pertaining to PTSD, Thanatosonics, Neuroplasticity, and Virtual Reality.
  • USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Fund Recipient
  • United States Army Base Commander's Award for Leadership & Excellence

Personal life

Femminella has been a member of the Volunteer Fire Department for the past ten years. He started as a Junior Firefighter at the age of eight and was formerly a volunteer for both the ambulance and engine companies before enlisting in the military.

Femminella, in his free time, enjoys SoulCycle, skydiving, and traveling the world.

In the media



  1. "Brian Femminella Firmly Stands for His Advocacies Pushing for Policies and Legislation Through His Platform". The US News. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  2. "Brian Femminella". Medium. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  3. Ruiz, Daniel (7 January 2021). "SoundMind, the Purpose-Driven Powerhouse Set to Address Mental Health Issues". The Chicago Journal. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  4. Talks, Tech. "Brian Femminella, CEO of Soundmind, is the 20 year old using tech to treat PTSD – Tech Talks – Lyssna här". Podtail (in svenska). Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  5. Kanbarian, Colette (22 October 2020). "Student-created music therapy app to help PTSD victims". Daily Trojan. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  6. "Brian Femminella and Travis Chen on the Path of Changing the World of Mental Health". US Insider. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  7. Torres, Adam (6 August 2020). "Music Therapy and Game-based Rehabilitation with Brian A. Femminella". Mission Matters. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  8. "Explore Talent Acting Profile - Brian Femminella | 21 years old Acting | Los Angeles CA - Explore Talent". Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  9. "Music Therapy and Game-based Rehabilitation with Brian A. Femminella - Mission Matters Innovation". Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  10. "Podcast interview with Brian Femminella". Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  11. "Tech Talks – Brian Femminella, CEO of Soundmind, is the 20 year old using tech to treat PTSD | CIO WaterCooler | CIO CTO & Change Agents". 19 August 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2021.

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