Staff & Board
Former Bus Board Members Include:
Representative Brent Barton
Jake Oken Berg
Representative Ben Cannon
Senator Lew Frederick
Representative Jefferson Smith
Amy Sample Ward
Samantha believes in addressing power inequities by building representative and progressive leadership. She got her start in Oregon politics after completing New Leadership Oregon in 2012, and has since worked on statewide and legislative district campaigns and as Chief of Staff to two Oregon legislators. With a degree in community development and a background of reproductive health advocacy, Samantha has worked on issues globally at the United Nations as a Planned Parenthood Global Youth Advocacy Fellow, regionally as board vice president for the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, and in both chambers of the legislature. She also serves as a member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon board of directors and was a founding board member and co-director of New Leaders Council Portland.
Amy Kessler attended Montana State University where she received her BA in Political Science and Policy & Analysis. During her undergraduate years, she worked on two Congressional campaigns while also working with a non-profit to create and enforce a Non-Discrimination Ordinance in her hometown. After college, she continued her advocacy work by working to raise awareness around the increase of student debt in Montana. Amy is a former fellow for the Oregon Bus sister organization, New Era Colorado. She also worked at Forward Montana, another sister organization to the Bus, as their lead organizer and leadership development coordinator. On the rare occasions where she is not rattling on about civic engagement, you can find her singing NSYNC karaoke, taunting her cats with laser pointers, or dreaming about powder days.
Gnora grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Honors Psychology and Spanish. She has 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.