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Volunteers

The. Best. People. Like, Ever.

The Bus is made up of thousands of volunteers, but here is a taste of who you’ll meet along the way.

Dina Yazdani

How have you improved your state?

I’d like to think that I’ve improved my state by enabling people with the tools to be able to make a difference, like voting, and raising awareness on global issues.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

I take the train. JK. Mercy Corps … My political club at school, fencing or going to some rally. Those are things I do in my spare time—And I love doing them, but when I have spare spare time, I’m either in my dungeon reading a book or out driving with friends, and just taking over the city like that.

Your most unusual or impressive talent(s)?

I’m pretty fast. Typing and running.

Your favorite Bus memory?

Registering voters at Last Thursday on Alberta with Reyna and Chris. The Bus reminds me that registering voters doesn’t have to be lifeless; and when you’re on the Bus, it’s quite the opposite.

Thomas Ngo

How have you improved your state?

I haven’t done anything more remarkable than any other Bus volunteers and staff. I’ve registered folks to vote and I volunteer with another great organization, APANO, which is an intergenerational and pan-Asian social justice organization. We just had an awesome lobby day in Salem and will have another in May.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

I ride my bike, preferably long distances up and down mountains.

Your most unusual or impressive talent(s)?

My karaoke song is Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”.

Your favorite Bus memory?

Helping register dozens of students to vote at the Asian American Youth Leadership Conference. Getting a sweaty hug from Henry, too.

Daisy QuiÑonez

How have you improved your state?

I have gone out to the streets to register voters as well as registered students from my high school to vote. Bringing new people into democracy is an awesome experience! On a more local level, I have helped increase accessibility, awareness, and utilization of School-Based Health Centers in Multnomah County for youth.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

I’m pretty busy being a student, Co-Chairing the Multnomah Youth Commission, and holding a less than posh job at a fast food restaurant. When I’m not doing either of those things, I love to go out to eat, go to concerts, go out for a movie. Basically, regular teenager stuff.

Your most unusual or impressive talents?

I can make a loaded burrito in less than 40 seconds!

Favorite Bus memory:

Rebooting Democracy 2010! It was then when I discovered my love for government and democracy.

Kevin Pozzi

How have you improved your state?

In a way,  I’m simply just another Midwestern transplant willing to help shape our region for the better. With that being said, I hope that lending my own individual talents and voice will help make an even stronger case for how we do things differently here—alternative transportation, growth management, progressive politics, etc.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

I work as a District Staff Assistant for Congressman Earl Blumenauer here in our Portland Office. I also volunteer at 1000 Friends of Oregon and serve on an advocacy committee with The City Club of Portland that analyzes regional transportation governance.

Your most unusual or impressive talent(s)?

My uncanny sense of direction. If ever the Bus gets turned around, I’ll be there ready to right its course.

Your favorite Bus memory?

I think my favorite thus far has been canvassing for Voter-Owned Elections in August. It was a gorgeous late summer day, I was able to cycle out to my turf, and residents seemed really energized and enthusiastic about the concept. The election results took me by surprise, but I still appreciate the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue.

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