The. Best. People. Like, Ever.

The Bus is made up of thousands of volunteers, but here is a taste of who you’ll meet along the way.

Zahara Muhammed

How have you improved your state?

I like to think I’ve improved my state by getting my voice and my ideas into the political process. I’ve done all sorts of things with the Bus Project I would never had the opportunity to do like testify, phone bank, and canvass. Even simple things like registering kids at my high school to vote make a difference. I’m definitely not done yet though, and I would love to continue bettering my community.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

Well I like to think I’m always “on the Bus” BUT when I’m not I like to busy myself with other projects. I’m the Co-Chair of a committee in the Multnomah Youth Commission which I absolutely love. When I’m not doing that, I busy myself with other organizations such as Upward Bound, REAP and the African Womens Coalition. I’ll be a part of anything that’s fun really!

Your most unusual or impressive talent(s)?

It’s remarkably hard to embarass me, because I do it so darn well myself.

Your favorite Bus memory?

Oh goodness, I have soo many great memories with the Bus.. I’m going to cheat and say that Trick or Vote ’10, canvassing in Bend, and volunteering are the times I have enjoyed the MOST with the Bus. This being said there is NEVER a dull moment with these guys and there are MANY more memories to come!

Maddie Leonard

How have you improved your state?

The Bus Project has given me the opportunity to talk to people all over Oregon and spread some of that good ol’ democracy love! I’ve volunteered registering voters, making phone calls to remind people to vote, and just getting out on the street to let people know “Hey democracy is cool, let’s vote!” With my efforts, and every other Bus Project volunteer, I help to engage people in politics and get their voices heard.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

Primarily perfecting my cure to cancer and saving dying children in Africa. But besides that, I’m just a regular highschool student. I keep busy running with the cross-country team, skiing with the ski team, playing clarinet in the school band, and writing bills for congress in our political club, oh and that thing called school work. Whenever I have some spare time I’ll probably be on a MAX train. I’ve got a thing for trains.

Your most unusual or impressive talents(s)?

I can sing the greek alphabet in 7 seconds

Your favorite Bus memory?

My first time registering voters at a Donuts & Democracy event, great people, great food, great cause, I was hooked!

Thomas Ngo

How have you improved your state?

I haven’t done anything more remarkable than any other Bus volunteers and staff. I’ve registered folks to vote and I volunteer with another great organization, APANO, which is an intergenerational and pan-Asian social justice organization. We just had an awesome lobby day in Salem and will have another in May.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

I ride my bike, preferably long distances up and down mountains.

Your most unusual or impressive talent(s)?

My karaoke song is Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”.

Your favorite Bus memory?

Helping register dozens of students to vote at the Asian American Youth Leadership Conference. Getting a sweaty hug from Henry, too.

Alex Eveleth

How have you improved your state?

Volunteering at the Bus Project I’ve helped to not only register new voters but to encourage hundreds of already registered voters to put pen to paper and make their choice.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

Being a college student keeps me fairly busy, but when I’m not studying I can be spotted playing Ultimate or riding my bike around the city.

Your most unusual or impressive talent(s)?

That’s a hard one. I don’t ride a unicycle or dance with a flaming sword. I haven’t been able to do it so much lately but when I was growing up my family and I would go SCUBA diving quite often. Senior year of high school I got the chance to dive down to some wrecked ships off the coast.

Your favorite Bus memory?

Out registering new voters and having a guy who turned out to work in sales turn things around into a test of how well I could pitch it to him. He dragged it out for half an hour before filling out the registration card.

Kevin Pozzi

How have you improved your state?

In a way, I’m simply just another Midwestern transplant willing to help shape our region for the better. With that being said, I hope that lending my own individual talents and voice will help make an even stronger case for how we do things differently here—alternative transportation, growth management, progressive politics, etc.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

I work as a District Staff Assistant for Congressman Earl Blumenauer here in our Portland Office. I also volunteer at 1000 Friends of Oregon and serve on an advocacy committee with The City Club of Portland that analyzes regional transportation governance.

Your most unusual or impressive talent(s)?

My uncanny sense of direction. If ever the Bus gets turned around, I’ll be there ready to right its course.

Your favorite Bus memory?

I think my favorite thus far has been canvassing for Voter-Owned Elections in August. It was a gorgeous late summer day, I was able to cycle out to my turf, and residents seemed really energized and enthusiastic about the concept. The election results took me by surprise, but I still appreciate the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue.

Shemia Fagan

How have you improved your state?

Gov. Tom McCall un-apologetically declared that Oregon is “demure and lovely” and “can play a little hard to get.”  I have volunteered with the Bus, for several progressive candidates, and completed Emerge Oregon to spread Gov. McCall’s message: that Oregon has high standards; she’s picky; treat her right or get lost.

What do you do when you aren’t on the Bus?

By day, I am an attorney with Ater Wynne, helping businesses efficiently resolve disputes.  By night, I take orders from my dog, ride a Harley, and spend every minute I can with the love of my life.

Your most unusual or impressive talent(s)?

As a 4th grader, I was the Oregon state chess champion.  Yes, I peaked in elementary school.

Your favorite Bus memory?

Registering new voters while they waited in the aromatic around-the-block Voodoo Donuts line.  Democracy and donuts.