Who We Are
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. Read More >
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. Read More >
As VP of Policy, Gill coordinates FAMM’s state reform campaigns and 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, Canadian, and German radio and television shows and has a background in criminal prosecution. Read More >
Greg Newburn is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Greg has been with FAMM since October of 2010 and runs 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.
As Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, Daniel manages FAMM’s federal legislative campaign and works closely with members of Congress and their staff to promote criminal justice policies that are fair, individualized, and humane. Prior to joining FAMM, Daniel worked to reform the nation’s drug laws and end life without parole sentences for children. Daniel has a Master’s in Public Policy from the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and was a 2017 Justice Policy Network Fellow.
Organizing and Community Building
As the Director of Organizing and Community Building for FAMM, Tanesha works with impacted families and advocates to turn the resources they have into the power they need to reform criminal justice. Tanesha is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. Before graduating college, she worked as an intern at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and served as her campus’s Southern Diversity Delegate. After graduation, she joined Teach For America – Houston as an elementary school teacher and continued as a staff member with TFA at the completion of her commitment. In her capacity, she also organized community engagement events to gain grassroots perspectives on the educational landscape in Houston.
Tanesha graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Public Interest Fellow. As a member of the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, she advocated for clients at DC Superior Court and before the Maryland Parole Commission. She was the recipient of the clinic’s inaugural Patsy Kelly Jarrett/Craig Muhammad Prisoner Advocacy Award. As an intern with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, she represented clients before the US Parole Commission and analyzed criminal justice policy as a Holley Law Fellow with the National LGBTQ Task Force. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and advocacy, public speaking, and eating delicious vegan food. She is passionate about lives, liberation, and love.
Communications and Media Relations
Prior to joining FAMM, Ms. Burks spent the past five years using video production, print, design and photography tools to promote and market the American Bar Association to members, the public, and journalists. As the Senior Public Relations Specialist for the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section she managed all aspects of membership, marketing, and communications for over 15,000 members which include prosecutors and defense attorneys, academics, law enforcement representatives, judges, and students. She also managed and facilitated news coverage for the Section’s events, policy priorities and initiatives.
Ms. Burks is also a member of several media-based associations including the National Press Club, National Association of Black Journalists, the Washington Association of Black Journalists, and Colorcomm, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both history and African American studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Lani comes to FAMM after being immersed in various advocacy fields ranging from education inequality, gun and firearm laws, and environmental justice, as well as having a hand in award-winning publications and local literary journals. As Deputy Director of Communications, she is tasked with keeping FAMM supporters up to date on the stories of prisoners and their families, the progress of reform, and how we as citizens can become change agents for those who cannot advocate for themselves.
Sonora Bostian-Posner is the Digital Advocacy and Engagement Manager at FAMM. She brings nearly a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. She was a fact checker for the Humane Society of the United States for four years, and served as Communications and Research Manager for The Stafford Foundation. Prior to working with FAMM, she worked for over five years as Project Manager of Digital Communications with Bread for the World. She has also worked as a freelance digital consultant for various clients, including Bob Woodward. Sonora holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Media from N.C. State University; and a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University. Her expertise is in email communication, website communication, social media, and blogging.
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.
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 is FAMM’s digital storyteller. As Multimedia Director, 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 in the DMV area.
Wynette Yao is gratified to join FAMM as Multimedia Producer & Editor. Yao is an award-winning filmmaker who has produced, directed and written films on subjects as wide-ranging as Egypt, bees and bog mummies. She relishes image-making and storytelling that brings alive the human experience behind history, science, or modern life, and takes pride in conceiving and directing powerful or intriguing images. In 2012, Yao spent a year producing for the Discovery ID series “Prison Wives.” This experience was a revelation, and with her work at FAMM, she’s happy to return to helping to tell the stories of families impacted by incarceration in this country.
Development and Fundraising
Cindy Silveira is FAMM’s Director of Development. She has worked as a fundraising professional for more than fifteen years and was most recently the Director of Leadership Giving for the Death with Dignity National Center, based in Portland Oregon. She has held leadership fundraising positions in a major cancer research center and in higher education institutions. A native Oregonian, Cindy recently made her home in Baltimore, where she is learning to sail and mastering the fine art of making the perfect crab cake. Her son, an artist, lives in Brooklyn, New York.
As Development Associate, Hawah builds and grows relationships with individuals, foundations, and organizations that assist FAMM in its efforts towards sentencing reform. Before joining FAMM, she worked in several advocacy organizations whose focus range from social and political activism, to providing services to underserved populations. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
Operations and Membership
Roxana is FAMM’s VP of Operations. 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.
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 is founder and former president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a position she held since starting the group in 1991. In 1990, Julie was public affairs director at the Cato Institute when she became aware of mandatory sentencing laws. 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, D.C. (Independent) Read More >
Eric is president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, a think tank on criminal justice issues with particular emphasis on drug policy. Prior tothat 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)
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)
Hopwood’s unusual legal journey began not at law school, but federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners while serving a 12-year sentence for bank robberies. Two petitions for certiorari he prepared were later granted review by the U.S. Supreme Court, and he won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country. His scholarship on the courts and the criminal justice system has been published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties, Fordham, and Washington law reviews, as well as the American Criminal Law Review. He is currently an associate professor of law at Georgetown. Shon lives in the United States.
Phil Harvey is president of the DKT Liberty Project, a nonprofit that focuses on civil liberties issues, especially those related to the war on drugs. The project provides legal assistance to victims whose property has been seized by police under ‘civil asset forfeiture’ laws, defends those who have been unjustly prosecuted for sex-related crimes, and supports free speech through amicus briefs and, most recently, the production of Can We Take a Joke?, a film that explores current restrictions on free speech on college campuses. Harvey is also chairman of DKT International, which provides contraceptives and safe abortion care in 19 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
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)
In 1993, Brown was sentenced to life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. He served 24½ years in federal prison before President Barack Obama commuted his sentence in 2015. Since leaving prison, Brown has become a well-known advocate for criminal justice reform. He had lunch with President Obama after receiving clemency in 2015 and participate in several panel discussions at the White House on how to reform federal sentencing laws, and has been profiled in major newspapers and media, including The Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, National Public Radio, and The Huffington Post.