Consider us the Good News Bears
Volunteers are the heart & soul of the Bus, but these are the people who are at Bus Central every day. Come hang out with us!
Tara Sulzen, Captain Planner
Tara is a democracy Jill of All Trades. She’s a trained organizer, advocate, fundraiser, mentor and owner of a fancy Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree from Portland State. What can’t she do? (Answer: crafts.) Since getting on the Bus as a PolitiCorps Fellow way back in 2007, she’s organized the Candidates Gone Wild debate, the Rebooting Democracy conference, and the Bus Trips mass canvass program. She most recently served as the Vice-Chair of the Bus Foundation Board, but now she runs the show at the Oregon Bus! She’ll be raising the funds and building partnerships for success. Don’t be fooled by her singsongy voice and friendly demeanor, though. She will cut you. In line. If she’s really in a hurry.
Minh Ha, Teenage Mutant Minhja Turtle
(Development & Organizing Associate)
A PolitiCorps 2013 alum, Minh has done it all and adds another level of loud and proud to the Bus Project team. She’s got a background in campaigns, social justice trainings, organizing, government and nonprofits. In her hometown of Denver she got her start interning with our affiliate, the “cool kids” at New Era Colorado. When Minh isn’t running our databases and donor programs, you’ll find her checking out Portland bands or planning her next meal.
Tim Moore, Professor Xtraordinaire
(Democracy Cup Associate)
This Portland native is stoked to be back in his hometown after a long sojourn. After graduating from Southern Oregon University with a degree in communications, Tim spent a year teaching English to rugrats in Taiwan. Now that he’s back in a city he knows and loves, Tim helps wake up fellow Millennnials by bringing Democracy Cup to high schools and youth programs around Oregon. He has experience with communications, planning, outreach and he can’t wait for Halloween.
Aylinn Inmon, Jubilead
(Leadership Development Coordinator)
Aylinn will be supervising the PolitiCorps fellows and ensuring they’re on track to meet their own professional goals and develop as strong leaders for progressive change. She’ll be working to expand our leadership development programs year-round. She’s also a rock-star (having started out as a Forward Montana Pink Bunny) canvasser and recruiter herself, setting the example for our crew.
Aaron Brown, Recruiternaut
Aaron will be leading our voter registration and issue campaign initiatives. He comes to the Bus after previous stints working with the BTA and The Interwine Alliance. He is currently Board President for Oregon Walks, the state’s pedestrian advocacy organization. He spends his spare time frolicking on the Oregon coast, fixing his oft-broken bicycle and losing his voice amidst the Timbers Army.
Jack Mesplay, Tony $tark
Fresh off a seven year stint at the Village Free School, Jack’s taking over the reigns of the Bus’s finances and he’s doing it with vigor. (Apparently spending nearly a decade helping to run a school where the kids vote on the rules instills top-notch organizational skills.) Jack’s spreadsheet kung fu skills will keep the Bus running on time and under-budget, hopefully with enough time to work in a game or two of Settlers of Catan now and then.