Consider us the Good News Bears

Volunteers are the heart & soul of the Bus, but these are the people who are pulling the levers at Bus headquarters everyday. Come hang out with us!

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Nikki Fisher, Head Honcho

(Executive Director)
nikki@busproject.org

A Portland native, Nikki Fisher attended the University of Tampa where she obtained her B.A. in Government and World Affairs. After college, she worked for the ACLU of Florida on immigration reform, reproductive rights, LGBT campaigns and a variety of other issues. Nikki has experience in Oregon politics as well, including managing Sara Gelser’s successful state senate campaign in 2014 and serving as Chief of Staff for State Senator Sara Gelser in 2015. She was the Regional Field Director for the Oregon United for Marriage Campaign in Eugene and Corvallis. Her passion is driven by a focus on criminal and social justice reform, LGBT issues, reproductive rights, economic and racial justice, education and veterans’ issues. Nikki is co-director of New Leaders Council Portland Chapter. She’s also on the board of the Oregon Women’s Campaign School and the Women Investment Network Political Action Committee. She is also a delegate for Vision 2020 and a Commissioner for the Oregon Commission for Women.  When she’s not driving the Bus or thinking about how to expand voter access, Nikki likes brunch, hikes, and riding on a stationary bike during spin class.

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Amy Kessler, Youth Empowerment Extraordinaire
(Leadership Development Coordinator)
amy@busproject.org

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.

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Caroline Cowley, Voter Guru Queen (Oregon Motor Voter Coordinator)

Caroline is from Waverly, Pittsburgh. She has spent time organizing in New York, Pittsburgh, and all over. She worked in the state legislature on Oregon and has a background working on campaigns. Caroline loves dogs and voting data. When she’s not working, she is spending time thinking about voter data.

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Daisy Quiñonez, Change Maker (Program Organizer)

Daisy is a Chicana from Portland, OR and a graduate from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s in Planning, Public Policy, and Management. She got her first taste in advocacy and political organizing while in high school when she advocated for local youth policies as Co-Chair of the Multnomah Youth Commission and phone-banked and knocked on doors interning for the Bus Project. While at UO, Daisy worked on the 2012 Vote or Vote campaign and served as a Legislative Fellow with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon for the 2015 legislative session. She has also worked as a field organizer in a statewide ballot measure campaign and organized college students around the state around issues of public higher education. Daisy’s work is driven by a passion on racial justice, LGBTQ+ justice, reproductive rights, immigrant rights, and youth empowerment. When she catches some downtime, Daisy loves going to music shows, reading feminist lit by women of color, and building up her lipstick collection.