Volunteers are the heart & soul of the Bus, but these are the people who are pulling the levers at Bus headquarters everyday. Come hang out with us!
Nikki Fisher, Head Honcho
A Portland native, Nikki Fisher attended the University of Tampa where she obtained her B.A. in Government and World Affairs. After college, she worked for the ACLU of Florida on immigration reform, reproductive rights, LGBT campaigns and a variety of other issues. Nikki has experience in Oregon politics as well, including managing Sara Gelser’s successful state senate campaign in 2014 and serving as Chief of Staff for State Senator Sara Gelser in 2015. Her passion is driven by a focus on criminal and social justice reform, LGBT issues, reproductive rights, economic and racial justice, education and veterans’ issues. She serves on the boards of the Oregon Women’s Campaign School and Women Investment Network. When she’s not driving the Bus, you can find her on a stationary bike, hiking, or enjoying a Northwest brunch spot.
Amy Kessler, Youth Empowerment Extraordinaire
(Leadership Development Coordinator)
Amy Kessler is a transplant from Montana. She studied political science and policy analysis at Montana State University, which is where she first fell in love with progressive politics. After helping to pass a non-discrimination ordinance in her hometown, she wanted to continue on with grassroots organizing and empowering other young people around the nation. Portland has always been her dream city, and she is so excited to educate and cultivate young Oregonian leaders! On the rare occasions where she is not rattling on about civic engagement, you can find her singing NSYNC karaoke, taunting her cat with a laser pointer, or dreaming about powder days.
Gnora Gumanow, Change Maker
(Policy & Advocacy Director)
Gnora grew up in Portland Oregon and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Honor’s Psychology and Spanish. She worked for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon as the Northern Regional Field Organizer, Camp Fire Columbia as a Lead Instructor for Before and After School programming, and Northwest Youth Corps as a crew leader. Gnora is passionate about equity, youth empowerment, and community development. She’s a recent graduate of New Leaders Council, Portland and current Co-Chapter Director for 2018. In her free time Gnora can be found playing or coaching ultimate frisbee; color coding her planner; or petting cats that are not her own.