Staff & Board
Former Bus Board Members Include:
Lizzy Atwood Wills
Representative Brent Barton
Jake Oken Berg
Representative Ben Cannon
Senator Lew Frederick
Representative Jefferson Smith
Amy Sample Ward
Samantha Gladu believes in addressing power inequities by building representative and progressive leadership. She got her start in Oregon politics after completing New Leadership Oregon in 2012, and has since worked on statewide and legislative district campaigns and as Chief of Staff to two Oregon legislators. With a degree in community development and a
background of reproductive health advocacy, Samantha has worked on issues globally at the United Nations as a Planned Parenthood Global Youth Advocacy Fellow, regionally as board vice president for the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, and in both chambers of the legislature. She also serves as a member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon board of directors and was a founding board member and co-director of New Leaders Council Portland. When she’s not working to make the world a better place, Samantha is playing bass in her feminist punk bands, cuddling her dog Pierre, or sampling the best of Oregon’s food, wine and beer with her spouse Zach.
Gnora grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Honors Psychology and Spanish. She has 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.
Maddie is from Redmond, Washington but has loved living in Oregon for the last five years. She developed an affection for politics after an internship at the Oregon State Capitol where she witnessed Oregon becoming the second state to offer free community college to high school graduates. Maddie graduated from Willamette University in 2017 with a B.A in Politics and Spanish. She is especially passionate about education, writing her thesis on why politicians are failing American teachers. She comes to The Bus from College Possible, where she worked as a Community Partners Team AmeriCorps member. Outside the office, you’ll likely find Maddie at a trivia or board game night, hiking, reading, or trying to drag her friends to square dancing.