2018 Fellows

Abranna Romero-Rocha

Abranna Romero-Rocha

Abranna Romero-Rocha (She/Her) is a first generation, Mexican-American from Tacoma, Washington. She earned a full-ride scholarship at Whitworth University by earning the Act Six scholarship. Abranna is majoring in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Law and Justice, she will be a sophomore next fall. Abranna is passionate about social justice and helping others. She believes that stories have power and through sharing there is motivation for chance. Abranna is a part of the Spokane Dream Project on campus, a club that advocated for undocumented people. Through the Spokane Dream Project, she has helped put on conferences and has met with US representatives to discuss immigration policy. She is passionate about ending police brutality and anti-blackness in other minority groups. Abranna believes through intersectionality people will see any injustice affects all of us. When Abranna is not out organizing and protesting injustices she is listening to music.

Asher Maria

Asher Maria

Asher (He/Him/His) is an incoming freshman and first-generation college student at Pomona College in California where he hopes to double major in Africana Studies and Public Policy Analysis with a politics concentration. A Pacific Northwest native and Shorecrest High School alumni, Asher was involved with student leadership all four years and uses the skills he learned to create real civic change in his community. In his student leadership he served as a board member on the Association of Washington Student Leaders Executive Committee, a class site council representative, and as a senior class senator. Additionally, Asher was involved in his school’s Feminism Club, Black Student Union, and Interact Club. Asher’s political activism began when he canvassed for the Nikkita Oliver for mayor campaign, and later Cary Moon for mayor campaign. After the Parkland tragedy in February of 2018 Asher served as the director of outreach for March for Our Lives Seattle and helped organize the march at Cal Anderson Park. Some fun facts about Asher is that he has six dogs and he’s had blue, purple, and red hair.

Ashlynn Johnson

Ashlynn Johnson

Ashlynn Johnson (she/hers) is entering her senior year at Western Washington University, majoring in Political Science with minors in; Philosophy, Economics, and News Journalism/Editorial. From Snohomish Washington, she is interested in fiscal policy and connecting people with their local political representatives. Her interest in politics came about in 2013 when she started paying attention to pro-democracy movements in the middle east, which made her aware of existing inequalities and injustice at home. In her free time she likes to watch YouTube videos about kids and cats and improbable T.V. dramas.

Gabbi Nazari

Gabbi Nazari

Gabbi Nazari (She/Her) was born and raised in Pullman, Washington. Gabbi is currently a senior at Western Washington University,double majoring in Political Science and Sociology. Since attending Western, Gabbi has become more involved in politics serving as the membership chair for the Young Democrats of WWU. In this position she was responsible for recruiting members for the club and getting young people involved in politics. In the summer of 2017, she worked with Grassroots Campaigns where she canvassed for the ACLU campaign. Gabbi is passionate about progressive issues such as social justice, reproductive justice, bridging the urban/rural divide and ending sexual violence. Gabbi spends her free time spending time outdoors, cooking with friends, trying new food and dog watching.  

Gurjot Kang

Gurjot Kang

Born and raised in Auburn, WA, Gurjot Kang’s (She/Her) love for learning and passion for social justice stems from the teachers and educational community in the Federal Way School District, which inspired her growing up.  Currently, Gurjot attends Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, WA and is double majoring in Political Science and Communication, with an emphasis in Film and Media Studies. During her first year of college, Gurjot worked as the Opinion Editor for the PLU Mast Media newspaper, the First in the Family Advocate for her Residence Hall Council, and the Social Media Marketing Intern for Residential Life.  As she approaches her sophomore year, Gurjot looks forward to pursuing her interest in journalism as the News Editor of the Mast. She first became involved in politics/activism through her passion for writing. “In eighth grade, I had to create my own newspaper for a publishing class. I remember giving my paper some cheesy name like ‘The Kang Times.’ However, it was through this assignment that I began to realize the immense power the media has to change the lives of others through sharing the stories of those whose voices have been systematically silenced within society,” said Gurjot.  Aside from journalism and politics, in her spare time, Gurjot enjoys collecting unicorn-related items and supporting her role-model and queen, Lilly Singh.

Jose Mariscal-Cruz

Jose Mariscal-Cruz

Jose A. Mariscal-Cruz (He/Him) is an undergraduate at the University of Washington Bothell pursuing his Bachelors of Arts degree in Global Studies. He spends most of his time in and around his hometown of Everett, Washington with friends and family. He got into politics at an early age when he began to witness state violence towards undocumented immigrants and from then on has continuously been questioning institutions and who they do and do not provide access to. This has led him to do political work as a volunteer with Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president and then interned in Pramila Jayapal’s successful campaign for congress. He has recently been wanting to work on more local level work which is why he is at The Washington Bus. He loves listening to Bolero music and discovering new vegan food options at home and in the city.

Josh Claxton

Josh Claxton

Joshua Claxton (He/Him) grew up in Summit, NJ, but has lived in the Bay Area of Northern California, Texas, and Jordan. He just graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Political Science and a focus in Arabic and GIS. Upon completion of the Bus fellowship, he hopes to begin pursuing a career in criminal justice reform. His passion for politics and dedication to fighting for a more equitable world began during his gap year in Madaba-Manja, Jordan. Throughout his travels, he was frustrated with the disenfranchisement imposed upon Palestinians by the Israeli state and noticed how the Palestinian struggle was analogous to the movement for black liberation in the United States. Subsequently, as a black-latino student in college during the rise of publicized police brutality and Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportations, he was infuriated by domestic state violence against bodies of color. Through academic courses and independent research, he began to read everything he could find about anti-black racism and nationalism, in the form of mass incarceration and draconian immigration policies respectively. Some of his work to combat these issues has consisted of advocating for the rights of immigrants and refugees in the Greater Boston Area as a policy intern for Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and establishing FUBU (For Us By Us), an informal, decentralized student organization, that “provides a venue that brings together all members of the Middlebury College black community for socializing and partying” on a bi-weekly basis. In his free time, catch him cheffing up vegan meals in the kitchen, vibing to Kehlani, or working out.

Lucera Cox

Lucera Cox

Lucera, originally from Eastern Washington, is a Political Science major at The Evergreen State College. She first became especially involved in politics after returning from her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ambassador to Ecuador in 2015. Lucera’s interest in politics continued to grow during her first year of college and during the 2016 Presidential elections. Lucera is now active at her college and in her community surrounding Farmworker Justice, Immigrants Rights and access to education, while also working as a Residential Advisor to first-year students. Lucera hobbies include event planning, going on adventures and of course, working with the Washington Bus.

Nora Fujita-Yuhas

Nora Fujita-Yuhas

Nora Fujita-Yuhas (She/Her) was born and raised in Seattle, WA. After graduating Lakeside School in 2017 she sought out sunnier skies in California. Currently, she is a sophomore majoring in Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. On campus, she works as peer health educator for high school students in LA schools. Her first exposure to politics was at age 9 when her mom took her along on canvassing events for the Obama campaign. Barack continues to hold a special place in her heart. She is passionate about reproductive justice and public health issues. She spends her free time running around Green Lake, scream-singing Beyoncé, and eating poke.

Nora Abdi

Nora Abdi

Nora Abdi (She/her/hers) is a Somali-American woman  from the south king county who is an upcoming junior at the University of Washington Bothell studying Law, Economics, and Public Policy and Global Studies with a minor in human right. She have learned if you raised your voice to issues that affect your community, it’ll make all the difference. If you attend events and meetings that decision are taken place that will affect marginalized communities, it is largely seen that your presence there and your voice will make a huge impact on those who are affected. If you stage events and meetings that address these issues that impact them, you are doing something that not a lot of people are doing; community engagement and civic leadership. She have always believed in advocacy and knowing that politics affect these communities, She want to be able to use she voice and she experience to create change and a world that She want to see. That is a huge reason why she got into politics; so that she can fight for her community and her people on issues that actually matter and issues that devastate hundreds of black and brown communities everywhere. A fun fact about her is that she has 10 siblings.

Sarai Robeldo-Velador

Sarai Robeldo-Velador

Her name is Sarai Robledo-Velador. (She/Her) She was born and raised in Yakima, Wa. She’s currently enrolled in Yakima Valley Community College. She’s majoring in Psychology. She enjoys reading and meeting new people. She was interested in politics once she heard her dad and older sister talking, but she didn’t fully feel inspired until Barack Obama’s became president. She believes there is more good than bad in the world. She loves the snow and is actually a good driver in the snow. She hopes to own a farm one day since she loves farm animals.

Tara Wilson

Tara Wilson

Tara Wilson (She/Her) is from Tacoma, WA. She is studying at Central Washington University in Ellensburg to get her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a minor in Philosophy. Her interest in politics came from learning about the inequalities and the injustices that were occurring right before her eyes, in communities other than her own. She hopes to get more involved in these issues and to eventually create a safe space for minority groups within her university. During her free time, she loves to get lost in a book or listen to music by some of her favorite EDM artists.

Tony Goss

Tony Goss

Tony Goss (He/Him) is a sophomore at Tufts University with plans to major in Computer Science. He was born and raised in Seattle and attended Garfield High School. As an awkward high school freshman, he stumbled upon a youth leadership program that took students on an immersion in Guatemala. While working in an Antiguan hospital together with local teenagers, he discovered a passion for building relationships across cultural divides and elevating the voices of those with less systemic power. Back in Seattle, he continued to learn by volunteering with Casa Latina and Para Los Niños, two organizations that work to empower the Latinx community. In college, he became involved with criminal justice reform by tutoring incarcerated people studying for their high school equivalency exam. He is excited to explore the intersection of data science and social justice and learn about the use of storytelling as a community organizing tool. In his free time, he plays ultimate frisbee, reads, and tries to make his cats remember him after his time away at school.

Ye Rim Cho

Ye Rim Cho

Ye Rim Cho (She/Her) is a rising senior at Whitman College, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Studio Art. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up most of her life in Los Angeles, California. She is very passionate about social justice, diversity, inclusivity and equity. She is very involved on her campus as she has held a co-presidency position in the First Generation/Working Class club and Vice President of Recruitment on Panhellenic. She will also be a senior admissions intern and Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion on student government next year. Through these positions, she has found empowerment in her intersectional identities and wants to continue fighting for justice and equality within the bigger communities of Seattle and eventually back in Los Angeles. When she isn’t combatting racism, classism and other -isms, you can find her petting her dogs, netflixing, running, and eating good Asian food.

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