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FAMM Taps Celeste Trusty as Pennsylvania State Policy Director
WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring announced that Celeste Trusty is the organization’s first state policy director for Pennsylvania. Trusty previously served as the group’s regional organizer for Philadelphia. In her new role, she will work with policymakers and advocates to advance FAMM’s sentencing and prison reform agenda in Pennsylvania.
“Celeste is a force of nature. She is a passionate, bold, and creative strategist who knows how to build the broad coalitions needed to win reform,” said Ring. “We couldn’t be more excited that she agreed to take on this new position.”
“As a lifelong Pennsylvania resident, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our incarcerated population and their loved ones in my new role with FAMM,” said Trusty. “I look forward to continuing the incredible work already being done around criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania, and working with partners in the legislature and community to create meaningful change.”
Prior to joining FAMM, Trusty was a longtime advocate for justice reform in Pennsylvania, organizing support networks and resources for the incarcerated, returning citizens, and their loved ones. She also operated a blog dedicated to covering justice-related issues that provided a platform for the incarcerated to share their stories and elevate their voices. Trusty was also featured as lead researcher and assistant producer for a series arc of the “Undisclosed” podcast, and was a volunteer for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. In her free time, she enjoys being a mom to her two daughters, lifting weights, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.
Trusty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, a graduate certificate in Forensic Criminology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the social, political, racial, and environmental history of the American criminal justice system.
For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies in 6 states and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.
FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating the issues all across the country.
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