Alisha (She/Her) first fell in love with politics as a Bus Fellow in 2013. She took her skills back to Whitman and spent the remainder of her time organizing for racial equity on campus. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Alisha worked as the Fellowship Organizer in summer of 2015, got on board as our Campus Coordinator in 2016, and now works to run our signature leadership development program as the Fellowship Coordinator. When she’s not spending time making sure young people have the skills to organize their communities, you can find Alisha in South Seattle catching up on reality TV, sitting at the lake, or singing and dancing to her favorite tunes. Contact Alisha for questions about all things Fellowship.
Chris (He/Him/His) got his first real taste of campaign life in 2012 running voter registration drives and GOTV efforts supporting President Obama in battleground states across the country. Since then, he’s moved back to his home state of Washington to help run field programs and raise money for progressive campaigns and candidates, most recently with Governor Jay Inslee’s reelection campaign, before hopping on the Bus in early 2017 as the Program Director. Outside the Bus, you can find Chris rooting for the M’s, out getting lost in the woods, and fetching compliments on behalf of his pup, Jimmy Jazz. Contact Chris regarding political strategy, partnerships, and issue endorsements.
Crystal Anguay Reed
Crystal (She/Her) hopped on the Bus in 2015 as Development Director, and is now at the helm as our Deputy Director! She worked for over five years on legislative and senate campaigns across Washington state, including Rep. Cyrus Habib’s campaign for State Representative and Nathan Schlicher’s race in the 26th Legislative District. She most recently hailed from one of the Bus’s partner organizations, Progress Alliance of Washington. Crystal spends her free time designing clothes and accessories for her side business Anguay Reed Designs, and is an avid fisher-women and camper! And taking names on Clash of Clans. Contact Crystal for all things FUN(d)raising!
Emilio (He/Him/His) got his start at the Bus as a 2012 Summer Fellow. Since then, he’s been a full-time Bus staff member on the programming side, successfully helped elect Seattle’s youngest City Councilmember Rob Johnson as Campaign Manager, and also served as CM Johnson’s Legislative Assistant on issues concerning labor and the economy, public safety and police accountability, and all things transportation. Now, Emilio is back at the Bus serving as resident “fall guy” (read: Executive Director). In his free time he enjoys rooting for the Mariners and Seahawks, advocating for smart urban planning, land use, and transportation investments, and staying active in the local hip hop community. Contact Emilio for all things “fall guy” related, like media requests, new partnerships and strategic direction.
Jessica (She/Her) got her start in political activism fighting for reproductive justice. After finishing her BAS in Applied Behavioral Science at Seattle Central College, working to support individuals struggling with chemical dependency, and serving as a Fellow with Progressive Majority Washington, she hopped on the Bus in 2014. As the Operations Director, Jessica keeps things at the Bus office running smoothly while coordinating some of the coolest fundraising events in town. In her free time she serves on the Board of Ingersoll Gender Center, goes to an irresponsible amount of local shows, camps as much as weather will allow, and frequently day dreams about starting an all-girl KISS cover band (they’re legendary, don’t judge). Contact Jessica for questions about all things operations.
Field & Outreach Coordinator
Lily (She/Her) began her journey in public service and civic engagement as a member of the Seattle Youth Commission in 2006. During her time in Boston, MA, Lily worked on state and federal grassroots campaigns, in particular the Massachusetts Dignity 2012 campaign. After completing a BA in Political Science at Boston College, Lily returned to Seattle and worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA to coordinate civil legal needs for homeless youth and young adults. Lily spends her free time enjoying the Pacific Northwest, baking delicious treats, and exploring the fantastic food offerings all over Seattle. Contact Lily regarding high school and campus outreach, volunteer opportunities, and field events.
Michael (He/Him/His) returned to the Bus as our Development Coordinator in 2015, having been a summer Fellow back in 2013. After graduating from the Fellowship, he continued working to raise the living wage in Seatac, organized around food justice issues in South King County, and is currently serving as a commissioner on the Seattle Board of Parks Commissioners. In his free time you can find Michael working on music with the legendary fellows class of 2013 band “Cat Storm”! Contact Michael if you’d like to learn more about our awesome monthly membership program (aka Friends with Benefits).
Sophia (She/Her) first developed of a love of politics and social movements as a highschooler in Washington, D.C. She majored in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, where she was an avid student organizer working on fossil fuel divestment, migrant farmworker solidarity movements, and campus sustainability, before hopping on the Bus in 2017 as the Field Coordinator. Sophia is super passionate about local politics, drinking tea, bike commuting, the Youth Agenda, and her miniature poodle. Contact Sophia about anything and everything related to the Bus’ campus and community work.
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!