Marianne Oleson joined EXPO/FREE in the last quarter of 2021 and is honored to be the Executive Assistant to the Directors, and reorganize the EXPO Fox Cities chapter. As a directly impacted individual, she has experienced firsthand the many ways our current penal system is broken. Those lived experiences drive her passion to ensure that other people do not have to go through the same suffering and hardships she endured. Her work with EXPO allows her to live out that passion by connecting with other system-impacted individuals to pursue hope in a context too often defined by despair.

Marianne uses her experience with business development, coupled with her formalized knowledge from studying Social and Criminal Justice at the University of Arizona, to support EXPO’s leadership and growing membership. With her passion for learning and understanding the world around her, she seeks to learn as much as she can to have a direct hand in ending mass incarceration and replacing it with equal, dignified, and transparent restorative justice in Wisconsin. In doing so, her work is driven by a desire to honor the humanity of all people.

I am Marianne Oleson; I live in Oshkosh. I’m married with three daughters and three granddaughters, who are the sparkle in my heart. My mom moved in with us three years ago, and it has been a joy to get to know her better. I have been home from prison since June 2017 after serving a total of 67 months. I believe most people have no idea what happens inside the walls of prisons. I do not believe they would be so willing to accept them if they truly knew…