FAMM welcomes Celeste Trusty as Pennsylvania State Director

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 FAMM welcomes Celeste Trusty as Pennsylvania State Director

WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Celeste Trusty has been hired to serve as the Pennsylvania State Director and Maria Goellner has been promoted to the position of FAMM’s Deputy Director of Policy. Trusty returns to a position she held before serving as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons.

“We are thrilled to have Celeste back,” said Ring. “She already was an amazing advocate, and I’m certain her experience in government will only make her more effective and valuable for our Pennsylvania families.”

Trusty has long been dedicated to helping transform Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. During her previous stint with FAMM, her focus was on coalition building to advance sentencing and prison reform and raising greater awareness about how families, communities and taxpayers are impacted by Pennsylvania’s legal system.

“I am excited to be returning as Pennsylvania State Director for FAMM and working with so many familiar and new people to advocate transforming Pennsylvania’s overly punitive legal system,” said Trusty. “I am eager to utilize my recent experience in campaign and government spaces to be a more effective and well-rounded advocate for our impacted community members.”

Trusty added “A newly sworn-in administration and General Assembly will provide unique opportunities to help create and expand pathways for relief for people stuck serving excessive sentences here in Pennsylvania.  As someone dedicated to the liberation of people impacted by the legal system, I am so grateful for the opportunity to work closely with so many incredible organizations, lawmakers, and community members to transform our system into one that more closely resembles justice.”

Maria Goellner, who has served as FAMM’s Pennsylvania State Director position last year, will be assuming a new position as Deputy Director of Policy, supporting Pennsylvania efforts while leading advocacy efforts in several other states across the country.

For more than 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 has led the fight to reform extreme mandatory sentencing laws and to promote rehabilitation and dignity for all people in prison, 94 percent of whom will return to our neighborhoods one day.


FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safely reduce incarceration, save taxpayer dollars, and keep families together. Founded in 1991, FAMM has secured bold sentencing and prison reform across the country while elevating the voices of directly impacted individuals and families. | | @FAMMFoundation

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