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!
Nikki Fisher, Head Honcho
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 on the board of the Oregon Women’s Campaign School and the Women Investment Network Political Action Committee. When she’s not driving the Bus, Nikki likes brunch, hikes, and sitting on a stationary bike during spin class.
Amy Kessler, Youth Empowerment Extraordinaire
(Leadership Development Coordinator)
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.
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.
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.
Sam Newman, Oregon Motor Voter Organizer
Born and raised in a small agricultural town in Northern California. After high school, Sam took a gap year in which he spent time backpacking in Bolivia, and volunteering at a refugee asylum in Belgium (while eating plenty ofwaffles). This experience broadened Sam’s perspective on global inequality, and sparked an interest in migration. Sam graduated from Willamette University with a BA in International Studies in May, traveled to Peru throughout the summer, and moved to Portland. Sam is excited to work for The Bus Project because he wants to engage with his new community and encourage others to uphold their civic responsibility. In his free time, Sam enjoys biking on Mt. Tabor, reading, and backpacking in new places.
Scott Novotny, Oregon Motor Voter Organizer
Scott is a lifelong advocate of human rights and proponent of social justice. Beginning with a project interviewing migrant workers in 2007, he’s been a longtime migrant’s rights activist which eventually lead him to volunteer with No More Deaths patrolling the border of Mexico and looking for human rights abuses on the part of the United States government. He went into the Peace Corps where he worked as an agricultural extensionist in a small Paraguayan community. As a recent Portland transplant, he’s joined the team here at The Bus Project to help us motivate our communities and engage voters city-wide.
Elisabeth Swarttouw, Program Director for Oregon Motor Voter Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach Program
She is passionate about the application of academic ideas and social justice rhetoric in politics. She aspires to help develop the way that our leaders implement programs and policy based on affirmative action such that the barriers of cultural capital as it relates to class, education, gender, and citizenship and more are dismantled. She is most interested in the way that western culture teaches history as a narrative that contributes to ideology and the disparity between this and reality. She loves going to the movies. She loves reminiscing about MySpace. She loves Street Roots.
Shivangi Agrawal, Oregon Motor Voter Organizer
Shivangi is from the large multi-cultural city of New Delhi, India.
She is a recent graduate in Psychology and Biocultural Anthropology from Oregon State University. While getting her degree, she worked at the Oregon State Women’s Center, as well as the student government in Oregon. She is also consistently involved with non-profits back in India that work with underprivileged children in the slums of Delhi.
She loves studying about history, culture and politics through the mediums of dance, music, fiction or cinematography. She is passionate about social justice, and loves engaging in conversations about the social constructions of race and gender. She hopes to lead her country someday and to create an international organization of citizenship that is better than the United Nations!