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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.
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.
Aaron Brown, Man about Town
Aaron Brown is the Outreach Coordinator for the Bus Project, a nonprofit organization that works to get young people involved and engaged at politics and a local and statewide level. Aaron is passionate about getting young people involved in local politics, and believes that youth organizing and engagement in politics provides a lot of hope for the future of a more equitable, prosperous country. Aaron first volunteered for the Bus Project at age 15, as a sophomore at Sunset High School, and returned to work at the Bus after studying Urban Geography at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Aaron has previously worked at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Groundwork Portland, and has served as board president of Oregon Walks, the statewide pedestrian advocacy organization, since 2013. Aaron’s writing has featured The Oregonian’s editorial pages and in the features section of Willamette Week, and helped conduct the 2012 Portland Afoot low car voter’s guide. Aaron spends his free time pining for the Oregon Coast, searching for the perfect food cart burrito and losing his voice in the Timbers Army.