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!

Courtney Graham, Head Honcho
(Executive Director)

Courtney is an Oregon native who got her B.A. in Political Science & International Development from McGill University in Canada. After graduating from college, Courtney came back to Oregon and worked in law for a few years before having a quarter-life crisis and diving headfirst into politics. Ever since, she’s devoted her time to supporting candidates, organizations, and causes that are committed to advancing economic, racial, gender, and reproductive justice for all Oregonians. She has worked on campaigns to raise the minimum wage, elect candidates to the legislature, and hold large corporations accountable. Most recently, Courtney served as the lobbyist and consultant for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and the Bus Project, working on issues such as reproductive health equity and improving voter access. In her “free time,” Courtney serves as Co-Chair for the Oregon Women’s Campaign School and sits on her neighborhood association board.  

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Amy Kessler, Youth Empowerment Extraordinaire
(Leadership Development Director)

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 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.