Who We Are

 FAMM Staff

     
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Julie Stewart, President
Julie Stewart is the president and founder of FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for fair and proportionate sentencing laws that allow judicial discretion while maintaining public safety. In 1990, Julie was public affairs director at the Cato Institute when she became aware of mandatory sentencing laws. 
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  Kevin Ring, Vice President
Kevin brings more than 20 years of conservative public policy, campaign, and issue advocacy experience to FAMM. He began his career in Washington, DC as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. During his tenure, he served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary’s Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights Subcommittee under the leadership of future US Attorney General John Ashcroft.
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Mary Price, General Counsel
Mary Price is General Counsel of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). She directs the FAMM Litigation Project and advocates for reform of federal sentencing and corrections law and policy before Congress, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Department of Justice.
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  Molly Gill, Director of Federal Legislative Affairs
As director of federal legislative affairs, Gill works with policymakers, the media, and the public to promote sentences that protect public safety and that are humane, individualized, and fit both the crime and the offender. She has appeared as an expert on mandatory minimum sentences, sentencing law, and executive clemency on American, British, and Canadian radio and television shows.
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Greg Newburn, Director of State Policy
Greg Newburn is a graduate of University of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Greg has been with FAMM since October of 2010 and originally ran FAMM’s Florida State Project. Prior to joining FAMM, Greg worked at the Cato Institute, and taught high school economics and government. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.
 

Leila McDowell, Director of Communications
McDowell is a prominent communications and public relations expert who has spent over 20 years utilizing her extensive communications skills to build the power and impact of nonprofit organizations. Before joining FAMM, she was the Washington Bureau Chief and senior correspondent for Arise Television, an international news network. She has developed numerous campaigns to shape the national debate, affect policy change and achieve legislative victories.

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Jessica Breslin, Assistant Director of Communications
Jessica manages FAMM’s online communications and web presence by generating written and creative content for social media and marketing purposes. After working in the mental health community, she became an advocate for prison and sentencing reform. Prior to joining FAMM, Jessica worked with a D.C. nonprofit to organize and mobilize national faith-based leaders to use their voice for social change. Jessica received her BA in Psychology from Hope College in Holland, Mich.
  Debi Campbell, Communications Outreach Associate
Debi researches and writes FAMM’s Success Stories – stories of people who have been impacted by harsh sentencing laws and are now released, adjusting to life outside of prison. Debi has daily contact with prisoners and their families as she documents their stories. Before joining FAMM, Debi served 16 years in Federal Prison for her participation in a 1993 drug conspiracy.  Since her release in 2010, she has been a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform.
     
     
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Ann Espuelas, Storyteller and Research Manager
Ann brings more than 25 years of communications experience to her work at FAMM as Storyteller and Research Manager. She focuses on how best to tell the stories of prisoners and their families impacted by harsh sentencing laws. Before she came to FAMM, Ann worked with other non-profits to reach “beyond the choir,” to engage with out-of-the-box messaging that conveys the heart of the matter and motivates people to take action. Ann has four published books to her credit, and has worked for numerous magazines, websites, and publishers.
  Enrique Huaiquil, Multimedia Manager
Enrique is FAMM’s digital storyteller. As Multimedia Manager, Enrique enhances FAMM’s branding, messaging, and storytelling efforts with photography and videography. Prior to joining FAMM, Enrique worked as a videographer, editor, graphic designer, multimedia specialist and audio visual specialist in the nonprofit sector, in media outlets such as Al Jazeera and Telemundo, and in video production agencies. Enrique is currently working on his Master of Film degree at American University. As an artist, he enjoys painting with oils and shows his work in galleries in the DMV area.
     
     
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Meagan Heller, Director of External Relations
As external relations director at FAMM, Meagan oversees development and marketing to increase visibility of the organization and advocate for sentencing reform. Prior to joining FAMM in 2012, she worked with various populations to alleviate poverty and improve communities in the nonprofit sector. Meagan’s background encompasses case management, program administration, capacity building, coalition building, grant writing and project management. She graduated with an MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and received her BSW from Western Maryland College.
 

Roxana Rincones, Director of Finance & Administration
Roxana is FAMM’s Director of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining FAMM in 2007, she worked as the Director of Operations at the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, a nonprofit organization providing treatment and transitional housing to women recovering from substance abuse. Before that she was Chief Financial Officer at the Justice Project and Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.

     
     
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 Andrea Strong, Director of Member Services
Once the typical suburban housewife, she found herself deeply involved in the criminal justice system when her brother, Mark Young, received a mandatory life sentence for his role in a marijuana conspiracy in 1991. She joined FAMM in 1992 and since then, she is often the first person prisoners and their families talk to at FAMM.

   

 

​Board of Directors

             
Julie Stewart, Chair
Julie is the president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a position she has held since starting the group in 1991. Her decades of experience in sentencing reform has led her to become an expert in this field. She serves on the board of the Public Defender Services of Washington D.C., and was formerly a member of the DC Sentencing Advisory Commission, which develops sentencing guidelines for prisoners from the District of Columbia. Julie lives in Washington, DC. (Independent
  Scott Wallace, Vice Chair
Scott is the executive director of the Wallace Global Fund.  Prior to that, he was the director of Defender Legal Services of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and legislative director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He also served as counsel to Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Scott lives part-time in the United States and South Africa.  (Independent)
     
Eric Sterling, Secretary
Eric is president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, a think tank on criminal justice issues with particular emphasis on drug policy.  Prior to that he was counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime for William Hughes (D-NJ) for 10 years, including the period during which mandatory sentencing laws were enacted (1986). Eric resides in the United States. (Independent)
  Paul Beckner, Treasurer
Paul is senior vice president of Sterling Foundation Management, LLC, a company that offers clients help in achieving their philanthropic, family, and financial goals through the effective use of private foundations and other charitable planning vehicles.  Paul has been at Sterling for many years.  Before that, he served for 12 years as President of Citizens for a Sound Economy, a 250,000-member nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing taxes and limiting government intrusion in the market. Paul lives in the United States. (Independent
     
Jason Flom
Jason is the CEO of Lava Records.  He has had an extensive career as a leader in the music business, including his roles as the president and CEO of Capitol Music Group, Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records and the founder of Lava Records.  As a former drug addict who successfully transformed his lifestyle, Jason has since become a vocal activist for sentencing reform, especially among his many influential contacts in the music industry.  Jason resides in the United States. (Independent)
  Carmen Hernandez
Carmen is a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C. She spent nearly two decades with the Defender Service Training Branch of the federal public defenders representing the interests of the federal and community defenders before the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  She also trained defenders and attorneys appointed under the Criminal Justice Act on federal criminal practices. Carmen lives in the United States. (Independent)