The Washington Bus Education Fund

Staff

Amy Wasser

Amy Wasser

Interim Executive Director

Amy (She/Her) joins the Bus as a 20+ year non-profit professional. She served as the interim executive director for University Beyond Bars, from May 2017 – May 2018 and spent 18 years at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle as their Vice President for Planning and Community Services. Her foci are in strategic planning and implementation, fundraising, leadership development, and building high performing teams. Amy has spent the majority of her career in the areas of health and human services and education. She enjoys digging into operations and programming challenges, analyzing complex situations to determine root causes, and developing real-world solutions to successfully address problems using a unified team approach which includes professional staff and organizational volunteer leaders, all working towards the same objectives. Amy has a master’s degree in social work, with a concentration in community organization, is recently remarried, and has three children ages 18-23 and enjoys baking, hot yoga, and traveling in her spare time. You can reach Amy by email at amy[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Annie Hout

Annie Hout

Development Director

Annie (She/Her/Hers) was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. She is passionate about the transformative impact of philanthropy. Annie joins the Bus from Seattle University where she worked with donors and volunteers since 2012 and recently earned a master’s in nonprofit leadership. She currently serves on the board of the Nonprofit Assistance Center, which supports marginalized communities through organizational capacity building, leadership development, and systems change. Away from the office, you can find her enjoying friends, family and food, preferably all at the same time. You can reach Annie by email at annie[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Emma Scalzo

Emma Scalzo

King County Engagement Manager

Emma (She/Hers) is a recent grad of Western Washington University (WWU) where she majored in Political Science and Sociology. She first became involved with grassroots organizing as a field manager on a campaign to “Save the Honeybees.” She continued those efforts by registering voters, organizing GOTV, and lobbying at WWU. Outside of organizing, Emma enjoys watching movies and listening to podcasts. Send recommendations her way! You can reach Emma by email at emma[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Mo Pannier

Mo Pannier

High School Engagement and Leadership Development Coordinator

Mo (she/her) began her grassroots organizing journey in Denver with New Era Colorado, where she registered voters and developed a passion for civic engagement. She went on to become a campus organizing fellow with New Era’s sister organization, The Brazen Project, to further develop her organizing skills through an intersectional reproductive rights lens. She moved to Seattle in 2019 and is very excited to be joining the Bus so she can use her passion for intersectional youth activism to empower the young folx of Washington. Outside of work, Mo loves to play video games, make oddly specific playlists, and pet cats.

Vote Bot

Vote Bot

Official Mascot

Vote Bot is a sophisticated democracy robot sent back in time to change the future for one lucky state. And that lucky winner just so happens to be our very own Evergreen State, Washington. They came to us to break down barriers to voting and take names. Vote Bot comes from a place where voter registration is automatic for all eligible voters, turnout for the most local of elections is always 100%, where there’s a voting drop box in every home, and a young person heading out to get civically involved on every street!
Vote Bot isn’t only the hero we have, but the one we deserve. Helping us engage young people in politics and building the next generation of young leaders in Washington is hard wired into Vote Bot, and with them on board the Bus we’ll keep winning year after year!