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 Director)
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.

Gnora Gumanow, Change Maker 
(Policy & Advocacy Director)
gnora@busproject.org

Gnora grew up in Portland Oregon and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Honor’s Psychology and Spanish. She 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.